The Wolves Production
Write an analysis that responds to the prompts below with your original analysis and insight about the play and its production. We want to know what you thought about what you experienced and saw on the stage, not what you liked or didn’t like. Your analysis must express a point of view about the production and must be at least 2 full pages but no more than 3 pages long. Assume your reader attended the production. Provide context for your discussion and analysis without retelling the entire plot of the play if a brief synopsis of the story might help you to set up your arguments.
• A Design Element. Examine the use of ONE design element in the production. (A design element
includes scenery, costumes, props, lighting, sound, or media design). Properly credit the artist whose work you are critiquing. How did these specific design choices create meaning and contribute to the world of the play and the storytelling? Use specific moments from the production to support your aesthetic interpretation and analysis. How does this reinforce the setting of the play or the status, class, gender, or relationship of a character;
• Choice of a Staging Moment or a Performance or another Point of Interest. You are free to choose another aspect of the production to analyze; for example, a specific director’s choice, an actor’s performance, a piece of choreography, or something else that captured your interest. How did this particular specific create meaning? What does this specific piece of the production suggest about the production as a whole?
• Issues of Diversity: Examine the politics of the play by choosing an issue of diversity (such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, disability) and evaluating its depiction. How does the play’s depiction reinforce or challenge conventional (traditional) understandings of the issue under examination? What does this particular issue under examination suggest about the play as a whole? Do not let the above prompts limit your response; rather, use them to inspire, expand, and deepen your thinking about the play and its production.
Follow MLA style guidelines: MLA Sample Paper. Your paper must contain your name, the course number, your recitation instructor’s name, and the date, formatted per the example provided. MLA guidelines can be found at (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/).
• Give your paper a creative title.
• Italicize play titles. They do not belong in “quotation marks.”
• When talking about a production that you have seen, use the past tense.
• You should name each artist whose work you are discussing.
• This is a scholarly paper. Use a formal voice. Avoid slang. Writing should be polished— your grade for presentation includes grammar, syntax, and spelling.
• Proofread. Your writing should be free of typos, misspellings, and other mistakes.
• If you use any sources, be sure to include a citation. This applies to the dramaturg’s program
note. Here is the general format for citing a show’s program:
Program Notes. Name of Play by Playwright. Producing Company. Location. Date you saw
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