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Oedipus the King presentation

Group 82
Oedipus the King
People in the Group:
Jaime Bolanos, Clayton Manchaca, Cody Nguyen, and Ricardo Sosa

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Oedipus the King presentation

  1. 1. Oedipus the King Jaime Bolanos, Clayton Manchaca, Cody Nguyen, and Ricardo Sosa
  2. 2. The Director He or she is responsible for the production and working with other artists to create a performance.
  3. 3. Responsibilities of a Director. ● Coordinating with theatrical aspects o Scene designers o Costume designers o Lighting designers o Sound designers ● Choosing a Script o Reason ● Shaping a “Spine” ● The Style of Production and Concept ● Casting actors for the play ● Rehearsals ● Final say in the production
  4. 4. The Script The play we have decided is Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex or known as Oedipus the King.
  5. 5. Reason Oedipus Rex stands out as a classic. Sophocleus really brought out the tragedy of a family plagued by fate. We decided as a group to undergo construction of this play because the script was great and the meaning of the story screams for attention. Oedipus Rex is what greek tragedies try to strive for. Even though some of the other plays have siblings killing each other, parents killing children, and then some. But Oedipus Rex has all of them in a trilogy. There are no other plays that can top the incest between a son and a mother. Especially since he gave birth to four children.
  6. 6. The “Spine” of the Play The spine is known as the main action of the play. The main action of the play will be the searching for the truth at the cost of the people he trust and his own health. People will spring forth good news but it leads to a darker truth for the main character.
  7. 7. The Style ● We decided that Realism style is best suited for the play. ● The realistic environment will allow the audience to understand and integrate with the setting. ● The acting will be represent the life early greek plays. The city Thebes will be the main grounds of the play. ● The genre of the play will be a tragedy. It will display a story of a tragic hero of Oedipus and his downfall. The actors will portray strong emotions with voice.
  8. 8. The Scene The setting of the play will be influenced by greek architecture.
  9. 9. Period and Setting The time of the play will be in Mycenaean Era 1100-1600 B.C. The location will be in Thebes, Greece. The scenery gives a very powerful view of power as if characters are unleveled. This is due to the setting on the stairs.
  10. 10. Central Image In this production, a centralized image will be used to act as an indication of the metaphor. The eyes of Oedipus will be the central image of the play. His eyes, although he can see is blinded by his hubris that lead to his fall.
  11. 11. Costumes The costumes will be in the period of early greek period. The colors will indicate power and wealth.
  12. 12. Casting Male Cast ● Oedipus- Nicolas Cage ● High Priest- Russell Crowe ● Creon- Leonardo Dicaprio ● Chorus- Men Chorus ● Teiresias- Morgan Freeman ● Boy- Skandar Keynes ● Messenger- Robert De Niro ● Servant- Tom Hanks ● Second Messenger- Steve Buscemi Female Cast ● Jocasta- Sandra Bullock ● Antigone- Natalie Portman ● Ismene- Emma Watson ● Servants- Female Chorus
  13. 13. Lighting The greenish tint will depict the plague that has fallen on the city of Thebes. The primary focus will be on the King.
  14. 14. Directional Concept ● The direction of the play will stay true to the script of Sophocleus. ● The actors will fluidly move around the king as if they were servants. Thus fleeing if there is presence strong tone from the king. ● The gouging of the eyes will be off stage. ● The truth of the matter is best left unsaid. ● Good news may lead to a terrible fate.
  15. 15. Scene Designer Objectives • Creating an environment for the performers and for the performance • Helping to set the mood and style of the production • Helping to distinguish realistic from non realistic theatre • Establish the locale and period in which the play take place • Evolving a design concept in concert with the director and other designers • Provide a central image or visual metaphor • Ensure the scenery is coordinated with other production elements • Solving practical design problems
  16. 16. Scenery • The time of the play took place between 1100-1600 B.C. • No modern structures will be used • Will have rock stairs and rock buildings • Thrust theatre will be used to have the stairs come up using the outside stage • The top stage will be used mainly by Oedipus
  17. 17. Thrust Theatre
  18. 18. Front View
  19. 19. Front View • Using the building as the background will be essential to the location of the play. • Location of the play will be outside of his palace • This will show only men and woman of wealth coming in and out of the main door • Everyone else will stay outside on the stairs
  20. 20. Top View
  21. 21. Top View • The flat area between the castle and the stairs will be used by Oedipus, Jocasta, their daughters, Creon, and Tiresias. • The stairs will be used by all the village people and the chorus. • The village people will then exit the stage on either side when the lights dim for the next scene.
  22. 22. Realistic Scenery • Since no modern objects will be on the stage and it’ll all be rock, like in the Roman times, the objective is to keep it realistic. The costumes will add to the realistic scenery in the way that they will be dressed like they did in the Roman times.
  23. 23. Central Image • They eyes of Oedipus will be the central image of the play • His eyes, although he can see, is blinded by his hubris that leads to his fall
  24. 24. Special Effect • Since we are going to keep it realistic from the time of the event, we will not have any special effects • Only effects we will have are light effects for: –Time of day –Plague that has fallen on the city
  25. 25. Lighting Design By Clayton Manchaca
  26. 26. What I’m trying to do • Simulate the appearance of Autumn • Indicate the city is plagued • Keep relevant actor visible • Transition from noon to night, creating symbolic setting of sun on Oedipus’ rule • Highlight speakers during soliloquies/private conversations and indicate that they are not overheard • Gradually darken atmosphere to increase seriousness toward end
  27. 27. Primary Techniques • Faint, diffuse red/orange general lighting to produce Fall atmosphere • Slowly lower light levels to represent transition into evening/night • Spotlights will be used to highlight Characters during soliloquies and private conversations • Gradually cut lights around stage perimeter to draw focus to the fallen Oedipus • Green lighting to indicate disease
  28. 28. Lighting Diagram BG Screen Upper Left Right Ground L Spot R Spot
  29. 29. Background - Projection onto Screen • To help indicate time of day and season, a mildly translucent, white screen hung in the background will have an autumn skyline projected onto it from the rear. The hue of the image will gradually transition to the deeper orange/red of sunset, which will then darken to black as the play progresses into evening and night. • Throughout the play, the background will have a slight green tinge to represent the plague that hangs over Thebes • To indicate the onset of trouble, the background will gain clouds from an initially clear state, following the arrival of Creon. These clouds will persist for the remainder of the play.
  30. 30. Section Lighting • Lights will be located overhead, with semi-transparent films placed in front to soften light. • Light color and intensity will gradually adjust with background to match day progression • Lights will primarily give off white light with hints of green and gold, to represent plague and autumn respectively General Light Color
  31. 31. Side Sectional Lights • Includes Left and Right sections • Heavier green than other sections when occupied by infected citizens • These sections will fade out during Oedipus’ conversation with the shepherd/servant • Lack of light in these sections for rest of play will help draw in focus, amplifying tension Light Color
  32. 32. Ground Lights • Starts with same color as side lights, then shifts to the general light color with Chorus entrance • Will illuminate the Chorus throughout the play • Acts as sole light source during final chorus speech – Cuts to black upon completion Chorus Light Color
  33. 33. Upper Lights • Color starts with less ill green – Gains green as Oedipus discovers the truth • Stays on with levels following background until climax – Fades to ¼ intensity after upper stage clears when Oedipus realizes truth – Comes back at half intensity with red when Oedipus re-enters – Cuts when upper stage clears finally Initial Light Color Second Light Color Final Light Color
  34. 34. Oedipus the King: Costume Designer Ricardo Sosa, Group 82
  35. 35. Setting • Around 420 B.C. • Steps of the royal palace of Thebes • Style – Sad, pity
  36. 36. Major Characters • Oedipus – King of Thebes, Savior of Thebes from Sphinx, wants to do good, does not know what he is getting into • Royal Tunic, made of wool/linen blend, prestigious patterning
  37. 37. • Jacosta – Queen of Thebes, Ex-Widow of King Laius, Premium wool/linen blend • Creon – Brother of Jacosta, has royal powers, Premium wool/linen blend
  38. 38. • Antigone – Daughter of Oedipus and Jacosta, Child • Ismene – Daughter of Oedipus and Jacosta, Child • Simpler wool/linen blend tunics
  39. 39. • Priest – High Priest of Thebes – Special design on chiton to highlight religious authority • Teiresias – Old blind prophet – Walking with cane and wearing Simpler robe than the royalty
  40. 40. • Chorus of Theban Elders – Simple design on chitons, similar neutral colors • Boy – Attendant on Teiresias, simple white colored chiton
  41. 41. • Messenger – an old man • Servant – an old shepherd – Simple long chiton with no particular design, same costume for all other servants • Second messenger – Servant of Oedipus – Messenger will have lighter clothing, light skirt type bottom, Sleeveless top
  42. 42. Family Relations King Laius Queen Jacosta Creon King Oedipus Siblings Siblings Antigone Ismene Spouse Spouse/mother -son Father - sibling
  43. 43. Non – family related Messenger Old Shepherd • Responsible for not fulfilling the task of the prophecy
  44. 44. Image Sources • Clear sky – http://www.cadtutor.net/download/raster/sky_04_source/sky-31.jpg • Cloudy sky – http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs11/i/2006/217/5/0/Cloudy_Sky_V_by_surczak.jpg • Oedipus Bloody Eyes – http://genius.com/1684632/An0maly-faded/Gouge-your- eyes-out-like-oedipus •Thrust Theatre – http://blogs.swa-jkt.com/swa/11246/tag/drama-10/

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