Theatre HW

Theatre HW

Instructions—Read Carefully!


Write an analysis that responds to the prompts below with your original analysis and insight about the play and its production. We want to know what you thought about what you experienced and saw on the stage, not what you liked or didn’t like.


Your analysis must express a point of view about the production and must be at least 2 full pages but no more than 3 pages long. Assume your reader attended the production. Provide context for your discussion and analysis without retelling the entire plot of the play if a brief synopsis of the story might help you to set up your arguments.


I.  Prompts


  • A Design Element. Examine the use of ONE design element in the production. (A design element includes scenery, costumes, props, lighting, sound, or media design). Properly credit the artist whose work you are critiquing. How did these specific design choices create meaning and contribute to the world of the play and the storytelling? Use specific moments from the production to support your aesthetic interpretation and analysis. How does this reinforced the setting of the play or the status, class, gender, or relationship of a character;


  • Choice of a Staging Moment or a Performance or another Point of You are free to choose another aspect of the production to analyze; for example, a specific director’s choice, an actor’s performance, a piece of choreography, or something else that captured your interest. How did this particular specific create meaning? What does this specific piece of the production suggest about the production as a whole?


  • Issues of Diversity: Examine the politics of the play by choosing an issue of diversity (such as race,

ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, disability) and evaluating its depiction. How does the play’s depiction reinforce or challenge conventional (traditional) understandings of the issue under examination? What does this particular issue under examination suggest about the play as a whole?


Do not let the above prompts limit your response; rather, use them to inspire, expand, and deepen your thinking about the play and its production.


II.  Format


Follow MLA style guidelines: MLA Sample Paper. You paper must contain your name, the course number, your recitation instructor’s name, and the date, formatted per the example provided. MLA guidelines can be found at (


  • Give your paper a creative
  • Italicize play titles. They do not belong in “quotation ”
  • When talking about a production that you have seen, use the past
  • You should name each artist whose work you are
  • This is a scholarly paper. Use a formal voice. Avoid slang. Writing should be polished— your grade for presentation includes grammar, syntax, and
  • Your writing should be free of typos, misspellings, and other mistakes.
  • If you use any sources, be sure to include a citation. This applies to the dramaturg’s program note. Here is the general format for citing a show’s program:

Program Notes. Name of Play by Playwright. Producing Company. Location. Date you saw the show.




  • Upload your production analysis paper and include the image file of your signed ticket stub or program at the end of your paper (in Word or PDF format only) to the correct Carmen Production Analysis assignment. We reserve the right to refuse late or emailed
  • Failure to turn in your paper in a readable format will result in a loss of


NOTE: This is an individual, not a collaborative assignment. The essay you turn in should be your own work. In this course, we use Turnitin originality check on all written work. Avoid plagiarism!



III.    Other Tips

Be honest! You do not have to express any particular opinion just to try to please your instructor. But remember, you must support your opinions using specific examples and thoughtful analysis about the production. It is not enough just to have an opinion, positive or negative. You must tell your reader why. Talk about what really interested or excited you about the production!

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