Week1 Reading Response

Visit to a Small Planet

When I did lighting design for theater and dance before, I was often asked to answer the question: how the world looks like. I found it more difficult for me to answer this question for theater compared to dance. When I think about the “world” of a scene or a play, it usually comes to me just location and time. This essay, Visit to a Small Planet, broadens my definition of what a designer can do to help facilitate my imagination of what the “world” could be like, and inspired me to explore more from play analysis.

The notion of imagine a play happens on a planet is helpful to me. It sounds like to me that this planet would have something that I can associate with life on earth, but it is a different world that can have different time, space, and weather. Another quote I found interesting is that in a play “nothing occurs by chance” and “nothing in a play is without significance.” Relating this idea to what later mentioned in the essay about how character is constrained by the special physical and social circumstance on this planet, every detail is there to contribute something for this play.

Empty Space

I feel it is interesting of how Peter Brook talks about deadly theater. I do resonate with what he describes as deadly theater especially with Shakespeare plays. I often find the language difficult to understand, and thus it is difficult to engage with the play when acted in a traditional way. It is interesting that Brook points out that how the traditional way of acting is not relevant to today’s lives.