The French Play

The French Play : Exploring Theatre 'Re-creatively' with Foreign Language Students is a step-by-step guide to the challenging process of producing and directing a foreign-language play with English-speaking student actors. Using his own student productions of French-language plays as models, Les Essif leads readers through the process of exploring drama and building a successful play with an eye toward applying re-creative strategies.

Essif promotes an array of new strategies for planning, producing, analyzing, and theorizing theatre, covering such essential topics as: exercises to produce a total, corporeal expression of the foreign language; performance semiotics; organization of rehearsal schedules; the collaborative assignment of roles; audience participation; publicity and promotion; taking the play on tour; and the evaluation of student actors.

Aimed at university drama students, The French Play: Exploring Theatre 'Re-creatively' with Foreign Language Students is also a must-have for scholars and teachers of performance and dramatic staging, foreign languages, English as a second language, and anyone else who requires a strong theoretical and critical approach to foreign language drama.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Bibliographic Information 4
Dedication 5
Title Page 6
Contents 8
List of Illustrations 14
Acknowledgments 16
Introduction 20
The Pedagogy of Performance by and 26
The Creativity-Complexity Matrix by Recreative 29
Theories 1: Performance and 32
Theories 2 : The Spect-actorial 34
Theories 3: Teaching Literary-Dramatic 38
Theories 4: Regenerating the Creative 44
Prologue: Advance Preparation 50
Selecting the Play 50
Selecting the Rehearsal and 54
Recruiting the Students 56
1 Day One - You’re On! 58
1.1 Discussing the Syllabus and the Project: 59
1.2 Setting a Creative-Critical- 63
1.3 The Introductory Re-creative 65
1.4 Assessment of the Re-creative 72
1.5 Homework 74
2.1 Creating a Performance Space, 76
2 The First Six Weeks of Performance 76
2.3 Class Roster 77
2.2 Questions 77
2.4 Recap 78
2.5 Warm-Up Exercises 78
2.6 Interactive Dramatic Games 82
2.7 La Petite Mise-en-Scene 83
2.8 Textual Analysis 84
2.9 A Performative Approach to the Text 86
2.10 Guidelines for Performative-Textual 88
2.11 The Journal 91
2.12 Schedule of Re-creative Sketches 93
2.13 Inducing a Semiotic Understanding 95
2.14 The Discovery of Semiotics through 97
2.15 Introducing the “Systems” of Style, 98
2.16 Day Three and Beyond 109
3 The Collaborative Re-Creation 112
3.1 The “How To” Guidelines for the 112
3.2 D-Day: Pieces Come Together and 116
3.3 Collaborative Examination of the 118
3.4 My Weekend from Hell! 118
3.5 Discussing the Text and Giving 122
3.6 Casting: The Anti-(Lone) Star 123
4 Co-operatively and Re-creatively Rehearsing, 128
4.1 Early Rehearsals 129
4.2 Blocking the Text 130
4.3 Memorizing Text and Individual 132
4.4 The Journal 133
4.5 The Week before Spring Break 133
4.6 After the Break: Discovering and 135
4.7 The Material Genesis of the Play: Set, 137
4.8 Collaborative, Co-operative Duties: 141
4.9 Poster and Program Design 146
4.10 Financing the Production and 147
4.11 Activist Promotion: “Storming” 148
4.12 The Final Rehearsal Phase 150
5 The Opening Show: C’est fini! … 152
5.1 Inevitable Doubts and Problems 153
5.2 Rehearsing the Audience 153
5.3 Audience Feedback: The Survey 158
5.4 Photographing and Videotaping 159
5.5 On the Road: Another Space, 162
6 Post-Performance Student Evaluation of the 166
7 The Analytical-Subjunctive Art of Combining 170
7.1 Regeneration through Combination 171
7.2 Reinterpreting the Absurdity of Cruelty 182
7.3 Taking Combination and Con-fusion to 190
Conclusion 198
Appendices 204
Appendix A: Sample Course 204
Appendix B: Sample Interactive 210
Appendix C : Sample Study and 220
Appendix D : Pavis’s Questionnaire 223
Appendix E : Textual Re-creation: 227
Appendix F: Sample Excerpts and 232
Appendix G : Sample Promotional 249
Appendix H: Audience Survey 254
Appendix I: Instructions for Final 255
Works Cited 258
Notes 262
Back Cover 272