Directing II – Stephanie Nash



YOUR NAME: _________________________________________________________

NAME OF PLAY: ______________________________________________________

NAME OF DIRECTOR OF SCENE: ______________________________________

NAME OF SCENE (the DIRECTOR gives it a name): ___________________________



1.      LIST ALL the BASIC GIVEN CIRCUMSTANCES of the scene.

(Be specific.  Write them AS A LIST.   This will include everything that’s happened

before the scene, in addition to place, time, and other relevant facts.  This will be EVERYTHING THE ACTOR NEEDS TO KNOW to do the scene.)   This will be QUITE in depth.



2.  Who are the TWO CHARACTERS?  Give a short DESCRIPTION

of each.  Double-space between each character and underline the character’s name.  Describe the kind of person, qualities, their PERSONALITY, thought process, WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE THEY, what are PERMANENT as well as TEMPORARY CHARACTERISTICS?)        BE SURE TO USE SOME ADJECTIVES.)


(Save the whole detailed history/background for the Character Schematic in your book, when you are presenting, although you can add whatever facts are relevant and affect personality.)


3.     a)  What is the OBJECTIVE of EACH of the two characters?

Please phrase as



UNACCEPTABLE objectives:  “to show, to convince, to find out, to make them think, realize, understand” – i.e. anything that means they are trying to change the THOUGHT process of the other character.  ALSO – DON’T USE “To MAKE THEM FEEL” because that’s HOW they will GET their objective (i.e. that’s an ACTION or INTENTION!)


ACCEPTABLE: what they’d like the other character to DO, to SAY, (should, for example, their thought process change.)


b)   Does the objective CHANGE?  If so, exactly when? 



c)  What obstacle does each character face?

(What is making it difficult for him/her to get his/her objective?)


4.   What is the CLIMAX of the scene?  What happens in it?

5.   What is the most pivotal TURNING POINT of the scene?  What happens in it?


6.    HOW would you SET-UP the OPENING MOMENT of the scene – so that it is a MICROCOSM of the story of the SCENE.

a.    This will be where you go into detail of the PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIP of the ACTORS to EACH OTHER and the ENVIRONMENT – and how it tells us in the first moment what’s going on and why we should care/be interested.



7.    What is the LOG-LINE of the scene?  

In other words, in one good sentence, what’s the STORY of the scene?  Tell the story to someone who does not know the play (– thus we won’t know who ‘Jack’ is unless you identify him.  Describe WHAT HAPPENS in the scene.  Think ‘TV Guide’ or ‘promo.’ 

DO NOT GIVE ME A THEME! – i.e. what the scene is ABOUT – instead tell the STORY!)



8.    What is the THEME of the whole play?

In other words, what is this story about?  What is the point?  What is the writer trying to say?  What are you trying to say with this piece?