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  • THEATER AND ITS DOUBLE


    In recent plays like Detroit ‘67, themes of hope and love are intertwined with the events of public school riots amidst the cultural landscape of Motown. The play is not only a portal into American history but also reflects on issues that remain culturally relevant today.

    We will be working with experts from the Central Square Theater to learn ways to recontextualize a significant moment in history to a contemporary audience through script writing, acting, and much more. Drawing parallels from historical narratives, students will play out different acts using custom designed props. Students will learn to understand how reenactments can become a powerful tool for reliving moments from history- through the lens of different people.


  • Hi everyone,

    Tomorrow we will be attending a play at Central Square Theater. Joe will give us a brief intro on The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The play will begin at 10AM and go past lunch so make sure you bring a snack for intermission break. We will have group lunch and discussions after the show. You will have a 10 min break to grab lunch from outside if needed. In the afternoon, we will continue with our masks and come up with creative ways to present our stories. 

    For those of you who will be out due to the PSAT- good luck! & please read the following article by Thursday.

  • Setting, Plot & Characters Plot  

    • What parts of the play did you find most interesting?
      • I liked the scene about people blaming others for being a witch for their own personal gain while on trial
    • What parts bored you?
      • I was bored when play was just beginning, as the characters had not been established yet
    • How did you feel during different parts of the play?
      • I felt entertained because the actors did just enough of interacting with the audience
    • What caused these feelings?
      • The cast walked through the seats and interacted with you before the show, and sometimes during the show
    • Who do you like? Who do you dislike? Who does not interest you?
      • I liked john proctor because he had a lot of character development throughout the play. I disliked the judge because I felt his decisions were unjust.

    2) Themes – What are the prominent ideas or concepts explored in the play?

    I think the idea of people using their situation for their own personal gain was explored in-depth throughout the play.

    3) Production/Design Elements - Set, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound

    • How does each element help tell the story?
      • The props show what people are doing. The lights show us the tone, and the sound gives us context for the other elements. The costumes and set show the setting.
    • How does each element tell us about the characters?
      • It helps show personality and feelings
    • How does each element create a feeling, atmosphere, or emotion?
      • Each element changes the way you perceive the play and changes your viewpoint.

    4) Theater and Its Double: Art Reflects Life, Life Reflected Through Art

    • Are any characters like actual people today or in history? Who?
      • John proctor is similar to anyone who did something wrong but in the sacrificed themselves for the greater good
    • How is this story similar to actual events that have occurred in the past or are happening in the world today? Which events?
      • It is similar to any time people were punished because of their difference from the rest of the group.
  • 1)  Setting, Plot & Characters Plot  

    • What parts of the play did you find most interesting?
    • I found it interesting when in the last scene John argues that the word is enough and that they didn't need to be made fun of and all he wanted was his name
    • What parts bored you?
    • I didn't understand the beginning so I was board 
    • How did you feel during different parts of the play?
    • I felt angry when the judges took Elizabeth away 
    • What caused these feelings?
    • she had not done anything
    • Who do you like? Giles Corey  Who do you dislike? the judge
    • 2) Themes – What are the prominent ideas or concepts explored in the play? don't lie

    3) Production/Design Elements - Set, Props, Costumes, Lighting, Sound

    • How does each element help tell the story? lighting helps make senses more dramatic set sets the scene props can help tell the time period sound intensifies the play
    • How does each element tell us about the characters?
    • each climate tells a huge part about the characters 
    • How does each element create a feeling, atmosphere, or emotion?
    • it creates a feeling of emotion by darkness or having lots of light

    4) Theater and Its Double: Art Reflects Life, Life Reflected Through Art

    • How is this story similar to actual events that have occurred in the past or are happening the world today? Which events? holocaust because they are both because of religions
    • Are any characters like actual people today or in history? Who?
    • What is the overall ambiance, pulse of this era, space, time? 

    This era was an era of change, especially social change. During the 1960s, there were several other movements, including but not limited to the Civil Rights Movement, the Counterculture Movement, and the Anti-war Movement. Overall, the general mood of the era was anger and confusion, but also hope behind the anger for a better future.

    • What are some current events that correlate back to this event? 

    An event that relates back to the Stonewall Riots is that the Supreme Court is currently deliberating over whether or not LGBT people are covered underneath the 14th Amendment, which states that people may not be discriminated against on the basis of sex. This was spurred because people are often fired from their jobs for identifying as LGBT.

    • Why is it relevant to revisit this now? 

    It's relevant to revisit this now because of the events that are happening in this country. The LGBT movement hasn't ended yet, since it's still legal to discriminate against people due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. One example of this is the Transgender Ban, in which transgender people are not allowed to join several different factions of the US Military because of their identity.

    • What "new" aspect or element to the story/plot do you want to bring?

    I want to bring to the table the fact that, even though violent uprisings can be catalysts for a large movement, violence isn't the answer. Civil unrest and rebellion is glorified in our culture, but I think that people should remember how this can antagonize their cause, and that their actions have consequences.

  • Racial segregation/Civil Rights Movement. Within the Crucible there are characters that are being accused of things that they are not and have no control over. This is very similar to what was happening during this era (civil rights movement)


    Tragic Hero:

    1. The hero is in a position of power: this position is deserving- deserves the honor and respect that he gets
    2. The hero has a tragic flaw- a flaw that is so big that causes mistakes, judgment, and a downfall
      1. Flaw= Hubris(excessive pride)
      2. Mistake= thinks he can change his fate
    3. Hero suffers downfall but recognizes, learns and owns his mistakes


    The tragic hero in "The Crucible" Is John Proctor as he is the story's protagonist but he suffers from many mistakes throughout the stories. 

    One of the events in the crucible relates to the slam witch trials. One of the social issues affecting the Salem witch trials is gender inequality which is something that is still prevalent in the current day.

  • What Goes Into Producing Theater


    The People: Who Does What

    • Production Staff
    • Creative Team: Director(s), Design Team; Stage Management
    • Theater Staff
    • The Physical Theater

    The Stage – Types and Styles

    • Backstage
    • The Shop
    • The Booth
    • The Grid
    • Rigging
    • Entrances, Exits, and Voms
    • The Dressing Rooms and Green Room
    • The Lobby and Will Call

    The Design Elements: Set Design

    • Props
    • Costumes
    • Sound
    • Lighting
  • Kyle Carpenter was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps who threw himself on top of a live grenade in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan,  in November of 2010.  Cpl. Carpenter absorbed the brunt of the blast from the grenade, saving the life of his fellow marine and going above and beyond the call of duty and performed heroic actions without regard for his own life. He suffered 2 ruptured eardrums, 1 collapsed lung, his right arm was shattered and broken in more than 30 different places. Shrapnel was blasted into both of his legs and also caused him to lose vision in his right eye. The blast destroyed much of the lower part of his face and all of his jaw which is now constructed artificially out of plates and skin grafts. He flatlined 3 times during the 5 weeks he was unconscious and had to have brain surgery to remove shrapnel lodged in his brain from the blast. 

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  • What is the overall ambiance, pulse of this era, space, time? 

    In the french revolution, 1789

    What are some current events that correlate back to this event? 

    riots in hong kong

    Why is it relevant to revisit this now?
    Because its close to whats happening in hong kong.

    What "new" aspect or element to the story/plot do you want to bring?

    Show Marie's struggles.

  • Stonewall riots

    Stonewall riots began in 1969 in New York City where the police raided Stonewall Inn, a gay bar/club. The raid caused a rising of riots among the people of Greenwich village. The riots lasted about 6 days and outside the bar and thought the neighborhood, the riots served as one of the catalysts for the gay rights movement. 

    • In the 1960s and decades before people of the LGBT community ere not welcomed nor treated as equals, In fact, during that time soliciting same-sex relations was illegal in New York 
    • Because of theses horrid restricts the LGBT community went to bars or clubs because it was a p[alce where they could openly be themselves without fear. 
    • As suspected those clubs that served alcohol were penalized and shut down by the New York liquor authority
    • Soon after (1966) those regulations were put to an end but it was still illegal to engage in “gay behavior” - police harassment continued especially around bars/clubs 
    • The Stonewall Inn club became very popular as years past and they were considered one of the more progressive of the gay clubs because they allowed drag queens and was one of the few gay bars left that allowed dancing
    • Was considered to be a home for many gay runaways and gay youth
    • June 28 the police raided the bar and arrested 13 people (even some cross-dressing customers were taken into the bathroom with a female officer to check their sex(which was obviously harassment and traumatic) 
    • The community was more than fed up with the discrimination and harassment they faced on a day to day basis they discoed to stay outside the bar together instead of dispersing
    • They were aggressively manhandled and the topping point for the riot was when a lesbian woman was hit over the head by an officer and soon after the activists barricaded themselves in the bar
    • After many times of others trying to break the barricade, the mod attempted to light it on fire
    • Due to that dangerous fire, the barricade was forced to disperse but after that day protests continued around the neighborhood


    -correlation to current events: marriage laws, LBGTQIA+ rights movement 

    - LGBTQ rights are still being fought for to this day, it was only 2015 that gay marriage became legal in all 50 states. 

  • Survivors of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S are in danger twenty years later. Specifically first responders who went in and out of the debris of the World Trade Centers. Because they were saving peoples lives, many of them have been slammed with the so called "World trade center illness". Many of them are getting cancer and respiratory disease because of the deadly debris that was spewed out into lower Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks. Many people don't think of the health condition of the first responders today. President Trump recently signed a permanent extension of funding for victim compensation that will run through 2090 to cover surviving 9/11 first responders  for their entire lives.

  • The Fall of Saigon marked the end of the 19-year long Vietnam War. As the North seized the capital city of Saigon, a mass evacuation was called in by president Gerald Ford. Helicopters and boats from the US and some other ally countries evacuated over 1,000 US troops and over 7,000 Vietnamese refugees. The tone of this was very tense because the Vietnam War was a very long and deadly war and could have dictated world power depending on who won. Communism was taking the world by storm and the war was very important. When the war ended communism took control of Vietnam. This left thousands of refugees without a place to go. This can still be seen today with thousands of refugees from wars are left without a place to go. 

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