A Play for All Seasons: A Study of Innovative Approaches to Play Selection in Liberal Arts Colleges
The term “production” suggests a range of activities related to the rendering and realization of a play on a stage before an audience. We often regard play selection as the beginning of the production process, a process that concludes with a “strike” or the dismantling of scenery, releasing actors and other theatre artists to pursue the next theatrical idea. Arguably, since the beginning of drama, theatre artists have eagerly anticipated opening nights and the opportunity to exhibit well-crafted and rehearsed ideas to the public. The success of the performance is directly related to play selection. What criterion is used by educators for organizing a theatre season? How is play selection integrated into theatre department curricula, other academic departments and campus organizations, and in off-campus activities such as community outreach? This paper will focus on the practice and purpose of play selection on theatre productions in liberal arts colleges.
Keywords: Theatre Production, Play Selection, Pedagogy
Prof. Dwight Watson
Professor of Theater, Theater Department