- After viewing the documentaries about playwright August Wilson’s life and work, discuss what you consider to be the most significant contribution Wilson made to the theatre, and how you would describe his legacy. Your responses should be brief, 1.5 pages in length, but detailed and thorough.
Writing a successful critique means going beyond simply deciding whether the film adaptation was “good” or “bad”. Value judgments like “it was great” are impossible to support with any real evidence. Instead, carefully consider the effectiveness of the film adaptation, and how the creative choices made by the director, actors, and designers inform your understanding of the play. You may begin by simply asking yourself your general emotional response to the film (I loved it, I only liked certain aspects of it, I thought it would never end…) but that is merely scratching the surface. Your task is to determine critically and then articulate intellectually why you believe the film succeeds or fails in its adaptation of the play you read.
Justification of your opinions is key. There is no “right” or “wrong” response to a work of art. However, if your perspective lacks justification your opinions will lack validity. Stating “this film was effective because the acting was good” will not suffice. Why was the acting good, and what do you mean by “good”? Explain and use examples.
Among the cast, performance styles varied. Meryl Streep’s interpretation of Mother Courage also appeared inordinately funny.
Among the cast, performance styles varied; rather than fragmenting the production, however, this collage of techniques complemented the evocative and eclectic setting and highlighted the way that Kushner’s script spoke across specific historical moments. Meryl Streep’s interpretation of Mother Courage also appeared inordinately funny, thereby turning preconceived notions of the tragic character on their head and allowing the contemporary audience to see the play with fresh eyes.
(Excerpt from Theatre Journal 2007).
The non-underlined portions merely state the author’s observations. The underlined portions explain and justify why these observations matter.
Use these general guidelines to inform your approach to writing your critiques. Each critique will have its own specific prompt.
- You already saw and critiqued the critically-acclaimed RSC Hamlet set in West Africa with a cast of Black actors in all major roles. This week you will watch documentaries about American playwright August Wilson. Among Wilson’s many influential views is his strong perspective on so-called “color blind” casting. Wilson vehemently objected to plays by white writers being cast with Black actors. He would have objected to the RSC’s 2016 Hamlet. To quote Wilson:
“To mount an all-black production of any play conceived for white actors as an investigation of the human condition through the specifics of white culture is to deny [Black people] our own humanity, our own history, and the need to make our own investigations from the cultural ground on which we stand as Black Americans. It is an insult to our intelligence, our playwrights, and our many varied contributions to society and the world at large.”
Discuss whether Wilson’s declaration above changes your opinion about the 2016 Hamlet set in West Africa, or not. There is no “right” or “wrong” here. The point is to discuss what you think about Wilson’s POV. (150 words)
- Following the final election on November 2nd, students will submit a 750-1000 word analysis of the election results, utilizing the various inputs that we have discussed in class and that they have experienced on the campaigns. Students will include an informational interview with a professional that they have met throughout the campaign to provide additional learning. The interview need not be about the post-election, but can be focused on any aspect of the campaign.
kills are similar however, the key difference is leaders inspire a team and managers organise the team. With reference to NASBM standards I am between tiers 1-2 with previous experience. Planning, leading and managing a team will enable me to move up a tier. To be involved in management and leadership activities; I observed SLT meetings and noticed key differences between leadership and management, our Executive and Associate Head advised the aims and goals with a inspirational speech then our Deputy explained how to achieve them. My request to shadow the office manager was granted after a few negotiating meetings as my team were sceptical at first, so I decided to have a meeting with the team to reduce any misunderstandings and come to an agreement, I done a mock meeting with my manager which was a complete disaster, I didn’t plan for the meeting, was not prepared for any questions and found myself to be forceful which could’ve lead to staff conflict. I decided to complete the negotiation skills diagnostic again to explore different strategies and reflected on my previous supervisor role, as management skills are transferable in different environments. 4.2 Identify further improvements to professional skills and competencies: My meeting was a success as my presentation was very clear and I was prepared with a compromising approach. This experience has highlighted areas I need to develop such as; Negotiating: Adapt to different techniques; soft and compromising not hard and forceful. I obtain excellent communication skills however, when not prepared this was the opposite, therefore planning and preparing is very important to ensure a better delivery of objectives. There was conflict with a member of staff, she thought all my workload would fall on her, I held a 1-2-1 meeting with her in my managers presence and cleared any misunderstanding in a calm rational way addressing her concerns, showed her how I have delegated my workload to the whole team, I changed my learning style to hers and noticed the positive difference in her reaction. My meeting was successfully lead and managed as the team understood my goal and how I intended to get there with their help. I now lead weekly staff meetings to be more involved in leadership and management activities and improve my negotiating and communication skills. 4.3 Review learning about SBM & relate to school setting: As an aspiring SBM, this is the beginning of deepening my knowledge on behind the scenes of school business management, highlighting the importance of having an SBM in my school and areas where there is much scope for improvement such as; value for money (resources and services can be challenged regularly) identify areas wher>GET ANSWER