The Director - Chapter 6

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From Theatre Brief


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  • 1. 

    The Greeks called the director the didaskalos which means

    • A.

      Teacher

    • B.

      Director

    • C.

      Guide

    Correct Answer
    A. Teacher
    Explanation
    The Greeks referred to the director as the didaskalos, which translates to "teacher" in English. This suggests that the role of the director in Greek theater was not only to guide and lead the actors but also to instruct and educate them. The term "teacher" implies a level of expertise and knowledge that the director possessed in order to effectively direct and shape the performances.

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  • 2. 

    George II and the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen were generally regarded as the first

    • A.

      Modern directors

    • B.

      Naturalist directors

    • C.

      Realistic directors

    Correct Answer
    A. Modern directors
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that George II and the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen were considered the first modern directors. This implies that they were pioneers in introducing new and innovative techniques or approaches to directing, which set them apart from their predecessors. It is likely that they brought about significant changes in the way productions were staged, incorporating elements such as realistic sets, naturalistic acting, and a focus on capturing the essence of the modern world. Their contributions to the field of directing marked a shift towards a more contemporary and forward-thinking approach, hence earning them the title of "modern directors".

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  • 3. 

    __________ launched his Theatre d’Art in Paris in 1890 as a direct assault upon the realist principles espoused by Andre Antoine.

    • A.

      Paul Fort

    • B.

      Harley Granvill-Barker

    • C.

      David Belasco

    Correct Answer
    A. Paul Fort
    Explanation
    Paul Fort launched his Theatre d’Art in Paris in 1890 as a direct assault upon the realist principles espoused by Andre Antoine.

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  • 4. 

    The directorial function is one of _______________ the main lines of the production and providing the artistic ___________ necessary to realize that vision.

    • A.

      Guiding, guidance

    • B.

      Guiding, direction

    • C.

      Envisioning, leadership

    Correct Answer
    C. Envisioning, leadership
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Envisioning, leadership". In the context of the question, the directorial function involves envisioning the main lines of the production and providing the artistic leadership necessary to realize that vision. This means that the director is responsible for conceptualizing the overall direction and artistic vision of the production and guiding the team towards achieving it.

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  • 5. 

    Concepts can be expressed in many ways. Which of the following is NOT a way your text explains it can be expressed.

    • A.

      Social statements

    • B.

      Philosophical

    • C.

      Specific interpretations

    • D.

      Physical

    Correct Answer
    D. Physical
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Physical". The question asks for a way in which concepts can be expressed, and the other options provided are "Philosophical" and "Specific interpretations". Both of these options suggest different ways in which concepts can be expressed, such as through philosophical theories or through specific interpretations of those concepts. However, "Physical" does not align with expressing concepts, as it refers to the material or tangible aspects of the world, rather than the expression of abstract ideas or concepts.

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  • 6. 

    ______________ involves positioning actors on the set and moving them about in a theatrically effective manner (the most obvious of directorial functions).

    • A.

      Staging

    • B.

      Blocking

    • C.

      Coordinating

    Correct Answer
    A. Staging
    Explanation
    Staging involves positioning actors on the set and moving them about in a theatrically effective manner. It is a fundamental aspect of directing, as it helps create the visual composition and movement on stage. By strategically placing actors and coordinating their movements, the director can enhance the overall impact and storytelling of the production. Staging is essential in creating a dynamic and visually engaging performance for the audience.

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  • 7. 

    In the final rehearsals he director’s responsibility becomes more and more one of _________________.

    • A.

      Pacing

    • B.

      Rehearsals

    • C.

      Coaching

    Correct Answer
    A. Pacing
    Explanation
    In the final rehearsals, the director's responsibility becomes more focused on pacing. This means that the director is responsible for ensuring that the timing and tempo of the performance are consistent and effective. Pacing is crucial in maintaining the flow and energy of the production, and it helps to create a cohesive and engaging experience for the audience. The director may need to make adjustments to the actors' delivery, the timing of scene transitions, or the overall rhythm of the performance to achieve the desired pacing.

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  • 8. 

    The formation of a directorial concept takes place at both conscious and the unconscious level

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The formation of a directorial concept involves both conscious and unconscious processes. Directors consciously make decisions about the overall vision, themes, and style of the production. They also consider the emotional impact they want to create and the messages they want to convey. However, there are also unconscious influences at play, such as personal experiences, emotions, and subconscious biases that shape the director's choices. These unconscious elements can subtly influence the director's concept, even if they are not fully aware of them. Therefore, it can be said that the formation of a directorial concept occurs at both conscious and unconscious levels.

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  • 9. 

    The actor’s personality, physical and vocal characteristics, technical abilities and sheer talent and “presence” weigh heavily in the final realization of every individual performance.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that various factors such as the actor's personality, physical and vocal characteristics, technical abilities, talent, and "presence" play a significant role in shaping and determining the outcome of their performance. These factors contribute to the overall realization and effectiveness of the actor's portrayal. Therefore, the statement is true as it highlights the importance of these elements in the final result of an individual performance.

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  • 10. 

    It is an axiom of he theatre that nobody is more useless on opening night than the director.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that on the opening night of a play, the director's role becomes less significant or useful compared to other individuals involved in the production. It implies that by this point, the director has done their job in overseeing the rehearsals and preparations, and it is now up to the actors and other crew members to execute the performance. The director's influence and control over the production diminish as the show is handed over to the performers, making them relatively less useful on opening night.

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  • 11. 

    “Star” performers are often cast apart from auditions, owing to their known ability to attract audiences to any production. Most veteran professional actors will not submit to auditioning.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The explanation for the answer "False" is that the statement contradicts itself. It states that "Star" performers are often cast apart from auditions, implying that they do not need to audition. However, it also mentions that most veteran professional actors will not submit to auditioning. This suggests that even experienced actors may still need to audition, therefore making the statement false.

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