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nInstructionsnPlays are meant to be performed, rather than read. The purpose of dramatic arts often extends far beyond the words written on a page; staging, lighting, costumes intonation, expression, and audience experience are all part of the experience of a theatrical production. To develop your understanding of the cultural role of the dramatic arts, you will view a production of a play this week and write a reflection to explain your viewing experience. Choose a play that you would like to view and find a version online, YouTube, DVD or iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, etc. You can also choose to see a play live if you prefer.nnPlay Suggestions:nnA Midsummer Night?s DreamnRomeo and JulietnAs You Like ItnTaming of the ShrewnThe TempestnMuch Ado About NothingnThe Comedy of ErrorsnMacbethnKing LearnIf you have another idea, please ask your instructor to approve it.nnThen, select and address one of the following options:nnOption 1: Write an analysis of the play that you viewed. Include at least one quote from the play in your essay. In your essay, address the following:nnIdentify the performance that you have selected.nDescribe the staging, lighting, costumes, and characters of the performance. How do these match or revise the written version of the play? You do not need to read the entire play, but you should skim the text.nWhat type of mood and tone does the performance create? How?nWhat parts of the play are easier to understand through performance? What are some details that stood out through performance?nWhat are your feelings about this performance? What did you take away from viewing it?nOption 2: Find an adaptation or transformation of a play. Choose an adaptation with some significant differences from the original, such as transposed plots and characters into a variety of different settings and historical contexts. Here are some examples:nnA Midsummer Night?s Dream ? A Midsummer Night?s Dream (1999) or A Midsummer Night?s DREAM (2018)nRomeo and Juliet ? Romeo + Juliet (1996) or West Side Story (1961) or Romeo Must Die (2000)nAs You Like It ? As You Like It (2006)nTaming of the Shrew ? 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) or Kiss Me, Kate (1948)nMuch Ado About Nothing ? Much Ado About Nothing (2012)nThe Comedy of Errors ? The Bomb-itty of Errors (2012)nKing Lear ? A Thousand Acres (1997)nOthello ? O (2001)nHamlet ? The Lion King (2019 or 1994) or Hamlet (2000)nTwelfth Night ? She?s the Man (2006)nIf you have another idea, please ask your instructor to approve it.nnWatch the original version and the adapted version. In your essay, address the following:nnHow is the adaptation the same as the original? Discuss plot, characters, theme, conflict, language, etc.nHow does the adaptation differ from the original? Discuss setting, time period, characters, plot, language, etc.nDoes the original story translate well in the adaptation? Why or why not? Did the adaptation work in a different setting, time period, etc. Why or why not?nWhy do you think Shakespeare?s plays are adapted so often?nWriting Requirements (APA format)nnLength: 1.5-2 pages (not including title page or references page)n1-inch marginsnDouble spacedn12-point Times New Roman fontnTitle pagenReferences page (minimum of 1 source)nGradingnThis activity will be graded based on the W4 Essay Grading Rubric.

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