COMM330 - Fox CT - p.#

Chamber Theatre Assignment

   1. Work with the entire group. 
   2. Choose an epic mode prose (short story or novel) selection that can be
  		effectively staged. Cut the story for time, making sure the script has a
   	clear beginning, middle, and end as well as a definite climatic point.
   3. Be sure your script has both ”telling” and “showing.”
   4. Endeavor to give each group member comparable performance time.
   5. Program time is 8-15 minutes. Overtime or under time violation -10 points. 
   6. The script will be staged with the blocking written in the script using
   	standard stage directions.
   7. Turn in a full page typed script with staging directions included. See
   	example on page 313 in the text. Be sure this script is “portrait” rather
   	than “landscape.” You may keep your individual performance script to 
   	turn in with your final portfolio.
   8. Each group will have a recording secretary who will submit a rehearsal
   	time sheet indicating members present and work accomplished. Credit 
  	 	each member with contributions , i.e., directing, script writing, analysis,
   	securing props, etc. 
   Required elements:
    At least one narrator.
   Maintain the narrator as central to the story.
   Dialogue between characters.
   Combination of onstage and offstage focus. Usually the narrator(s) will
   		use both. 
   Include scenes that are performed. If movement required is too violent or 
   sexual, use stylized movement or gesture to suggest rather than literalize.
   Use suggestive staging. See p. 162, paragraph 3, “The Horse Dealer’s
   Use spectacle elements and synecdoche.: 
   Have a set or a suggestion of one.
   Use costumes or black with costume pieces.
   Use music, lights, video, or some extra spectacle or theatrical element.
   Chamber theatre conventions:
    Performers playing scenes as characters may perform without scripts.
   Only the narrator(s) in chamber theatre is(are) required to carry 
   a script, and then only if the narrator is a nonparticipating witness or
   a third-person observer uninvolved in the scenes.
   In addition to the above required elements, your program will be graded on:
   Creativity Variety Creation of mood Vocal interpretation
   Use of sense memory (p. 48)
   Use of movement, gesture, posture, and facial expression
   Overall clarity and entertainment value of performance
   Suggested Internet sites for short stories: (Twenty Great American Short    Stories) (Com Library) (B & L Associates) (
   Omit from your list stories presented by Professor Fox:

   “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
   “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”
   “Why I Live at the P.O.”
   “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”
   “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
   “Hills Like White Elephants”
   “A Worn Path”