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 The Importance of being Earnest
 Keeping up appearances in
society is more important
than actually being earnest.
 Marriage is a social tool
based on re...
 This play is a satire; the tone is mocking and
involves comedic elements and so the
mood is light and airy
 This play t...
 This play is a unrealistic drama that does
not fall into the social “norm”.
 No one marries a person based on their
fir...
 Period
› Victorian Era
 Play revolves around a farce of some of the Victorian
era values such as hypocrisy, arbitrary h...
 Ernest/Jack Worthing
› Colin Firth
 Algernon Moncrieff
› Ed Westwick
 He is able to play aristocratic roles
verywell a...
 Gwendolen Fairfax
› KeiraKnightley
 Cecily Cardew
› Reese Witherspoon
 Lady Bracknell
› Julie Andrews
 Rev. Chasuble
› Paxton Whitehead
 Lane
› Edward Fox
 Ms. Prism
› Maggie Smith
 Main conflict:
› Both men have two reasons to lead double lives:
 Wanting to marry their respective lovers
 Escaping V...
 Selective Realism
› Resembles Victorian Era life and customs but
one thing is not accurate:
 The desire to marry someon...
 Creating the physical production
requires the director to work closely with
set, costume, light, scene, and sound
design...
 the couch is an important factor
because the idea of sitting down is
mentioned.
 significant set pieces include: a plat...
 Problem: the size not being big
enough.
 solution: measure the dimensions of
the performing space then
accommodate to t...
Problem: the set is not how it was
pictured
solution: the set designers should
be present when the design and
setting is...
Problem: Not having enough
time.
solution: Easy, get started right
away. Don’t procrastinate. The
set design is all a ma...
 The set pieces should also contribute to
the whole of the play and collaboration
with the other team members is
importan...
 Lighting is essential to theatre; it adds
feeling and substance to a play and
heightens the quality of the setting and
u...
 The intensity of this play
would differ; the dimmers
would be use in
transitions between Acts
in the town and country
› ...
 The colors of the lighting would most
likely be warm for the scenes in the
garden and outdoors and a bit cooler
and dimm...
 The soft-edged
spotlight could be
used for this play
 For example, the
Fresnel to the right,
can be flooded to
cover th...
 An automated or moving
light is very versatile and
could be used for this
play because it can
focus, change
color, chang...
 The style of the play will be very
expensive and high class as the
characters all come from a wealthy
status- including ...
 The clothing for Cecily, Gwendolyn,
Jack, Algernon, and Lady Bracknell will
be extravagant and elegant.
 Clothing for the lesser characters will be
less as extravagant but still expensive
looking as majority of them come from...
 It would be easier for the men to change
because their clothes are less restrictive,
and could essentially keep the same...
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The importance of being earnest

  1. 1.  The Importance of being Earnest
  2. 2.  Keeping up appearances in society is more important than actually being earnest.  Marriage is a social tool based on reputation and financial background  Leading dual lives is the common norm of modern life in order to keep appearances
  3. 3.  This play is a satire; the tone is mocking and involves comedic elements and so the mood is light and airy  This play takes place during 1895 in London partly in the country and partly in the town › The Garden at the Manor House in Act II is sunlit, old-fashioned, and rose filled › The Drawing-room in Act III is a light and airy room  Interior settings are lit in a different manner than exterior settings
  4. 4.  This play is a unrealistic drama that does not fall into the social “norm”.  No one marries a person based on their first name.  This leads into the satirizing of the characters, and making fun of how they want to marry someone because of the name. Ex: Gwendolyn desiring to marry a man of the name Ernest.
  5. 5.  Period › Victorian Era  Play revolves around a farce of some of the Victorian era values such as hypocrisy, arbitrary honesty, and lack of moral constraints  Remains true to original meaning of script  Central Image › A central image or metaphor representing the play › Could be done through Set design:  Have a mirror image set to represent double life concept
  6. 6.  Ernest/Jack Worthing › Colin Firth  Algernon Moncrieff › Ed Westwick  He is able to play aristocratic roles verywell and carries a British accent.
  7. 7.  Gwendolen Fairfax › KeiraKnightley  Cecily Cardew › Reese Witherspoon  Lady Bracknell › Julie Andrews
  8. 8.  Rev. Chasuble › Paxton Whitehead  Lane › Edward Fox  Ms. Prism › Maggie Smith
  9. 9.  Main conflict: › Both men have two reasons to lead double lives:  Wanting to marry their respective lovers  Escaping Victorian Era social responsibilities
  10. 10.  Selective Realism › Resembles Victorian Era life and customs but one thing is not accurate:  The desire to marry someone with the name Ernest is too unrealistic.
  11. 11.  Creating the physical production requires the director to work closely with set, costume, light, scene, and sound designers, and actors. › To ensure the main themes and purpose of the play is consistent in all elements. › To cast the parts and rehearse
  12. 12.  the couch is an important factor because the idea of sitting down is mentioned.  significant set pieces include: a plate of cucumber sandwiches, a cigarette case
  13. 13.  Problem: the size not being big enough.  solution: measure the dimensions of the performing space then accommodate to those needs and set pieces. Make sure the sight lines are clear so that no area of the space that you want being noticed is ignored when a the production is playing.
  14. 14. Problem: the set is not how it was pictured solution: the set designers should be present when the design and setting is being constructed. They are the ones who designed it and know the details concerning the set.
  15. 15. Problem: Not having enough time. solution: Easy, get started right away. Don’t procrastinate. The set design is all a major part of the show. Know how things are going to be built and be one step ahead of the game.
  16. 16.  The set pieces should also contribute to the whole of the play and collaboration with the other team members is important with this
  17. 17.  Lighting is essential to theatre; it adds feeling and substance to a play and heightens the quality of the setting and understanding for the audience.  It provides emphasis when needed, maintaining the kinesthetic connection between audience and theatre  Adds visibility; shape and form; focus and composition; mood and style; and time and place
  18. 18.  The intensity of this play would differ; the dimmers would be use in transitions between Acts in the town and country › The daylight scenes would take place in bright, warm light › The light would be dimmed for the town scene  To the right is an example of the Manor Lighting ©http://sarahlambert.squarespace.com/picture/cu%20earnest%201.jpg?pict ureId=6180036&asGalleryImage=true
  19. 19.  The colors of the lighting would most likely be warm for the scenes in the garden and outdoors and a bit cooler and dimmer for the indoor scenes ©http://www.rosebrand.com/images/portfolio/Earnest-Curtains.jpg ©http://sarahlambert.squarespace.com/picture/cu%20 earnest%202.jpg?pictureId=6180037&asGalleryImage=tr ue
  20. 20.  The soft-edged spotlight could be used for this play  For example, the Fresnel to the right, can be flooded to cover the stage area ©http://www.archiexpo.com/prod/spotlight/halogen- lamp-fresnel-projectors-theatre-56998-691870.html
  21. 21.  An automated or moving light is very versatile and could be used for this play because it can focus, change color, change the size of the beam, and change focus  This could be helpful when transition from Act II to Act III (the indoor to outdoor setting change)  Ex. Barco automated light to the right ©http://previewcf.turbosquid.com/Preview/2012/01/08_ _07_21_19/Barco%20Digital%20Automated%20Light%20 moving%20head%20luminaire%20stage%20lighting%20dj %20spot%20projector%20lamp%20theatre%20light%20dis co%20dance%20floor%20spotloght%20equipment%2000 01.jpg5a318c33-badd-4e13-bbdd-
  22. 22.  The style of the play will be very expensive and high class as the characters all come from a wealthy status- including expensive looking materials such as silk and embroidery.  The costumes will include jewelry and hats, as well as items such as pocket watches.  The clothing will be of the Victorian era.
  23. 23.  The clothing for Cecily, Gwendolyn, Jack, Algernon, and Lady Bracknell will be extravagant and elegant.
  24. 24.  Clothing for the lesser characters will be less as extravagant but still expensive looking as majority of them come from the same class.  However, for characters such as Miss Prism, Reverend Chausable and Lane will be of a lower class.
  25. 25.  It would be easier for the men to change because their clothes are less restrictive, and could essentially keep the same shirt and pants- only having to change their coats with the accessories attached pre- production.  The women would be harder to change as their clothing is tight and many layers.

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