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One-Act Play Festival
The purpose of this worksheet is to provide your designer with the most complete
information about your thoughts on the play. Note that it contains very little specific
costume information.
Name of Play:
Name of Director:
Phone Number:
PART ONE: The Play and The World.
1. In the simplest possible sentence, please state the theme of your play as you are
directing it. EXAMPLES: You Can’t Take it with You could be “Our
individuality makes us all a family” or “Conformity creates unhappiness”.
Grease (the musical) could be “We are unhappy until we can act like ourselves”.
2. What is the action of the play
a. From what. As the play begins, describe the world of the play? From
where does the beginning of the play come? What happened just before
the play began?
b. Through what: What happens during the course of the play? How is the
established world changed or challenged? What events occur and what is
their impact on the people in the story? What is the conflict
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c. To what: What is left at the end? How is the world of the play different?
Are questions answered? Are new ones put forth? Where do the characters
go from here?
3. Where does the play take place? (physical location; geographical location)
4. When does the play take place? (year, season, time of day, holiday)
5. Are there any colors, shapes, paintings, pieces of art, TV shows, movies (or
extracts thereof) that you think of when you think of the play? (attach anything
6. Are there any specific physical effects that need to happen with the costumes
(blood, bruises, peg legs, quick changes, rip off costumes) that you know of?
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Please complete one for each character (feel free to do this with your actors).
Character Name:
Sex/Sexual Orientation:
Religion or Belief System:
Class/Social Status:
Economic Status/Wealth:
What is the character’s relationship to the other characters? (both kind and quality)
What is the character’s “spine” or super-objective as an action verb? (I will
________ or die).
Choose a few words to describe the character’s personality.
Are their any personal of psychological factors influencing this character’s
appearance? (Are they trying to impress someone? Are they very depressed?)
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Do any colors, shapes, or other visual aids come to mind when you think of this
character? Any characters from movies/TV/books? Please attach if possible.