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Arts Toolkit: Drama

Video Segments

These video segments are found on the DVDs in the boxed Drama Arts Toolkit 2nd edition.

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About Drama

Marsha Norman: Getting Out

This collection of video clips on the history of theater, the creative process, and theater production is included in the Drama Arts Toolkit.


History of Theater
KET Distance Learning instructor Liz Jewell discusses the history of the theater from ancient Greece to the 20th century.
Length: 00:09:54
Introduction to Greek Drama
KET Distance Learning instructor Liz Jewell explains characteristics of Greek drama, including the parts of the stage, the role of the chorus, costumes and sets, and the role of drama in Greek life.
Length: 00:07:53
Playwriting: Marsha Norman
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, a Louisville native, tells how and why she began writing plays and describes advice she received from Actors Theatre of Louisville Director Jon Jory.
Length: 00:03:49
The Rehearsal Process: Heartbreak House
Producing Director Jon Jory and Dramaturg Michael Dixon, formerly of Actors Theatre of Louisville, discuss playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and his play Heartbreak House.
Length: 00:08:41
On Directing: George C. Wolfe
Actor Patrick Stewart and stage director George C. Wolfe talk about the important contributions a good director makes to a theatrical production.
Length: 00:01:09
Electronic Field Trip to Horse Cave Theatre
Actors from Horse Cave Theatre, a Kentucky regional theater company, rehearse scenes from George Bernard Shaw’s Candida.
Length: 00:27:42

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Aspects of Drama Part 1: Creative Dramatics

Imagine That

The Aspects of Drama DVD included in the Drama Arts Toolkit 2nd Edition contains a diverse array of video clips, from activities to performances and readings. The first pair of videos, taken from KET’s Imagine That series, model creative dramatics exercises dealing with creative movement and controlling energy.


Creative Flow
Curt Tofteland leads students in activities that encourage them to make believe and explore the flow of creative movement.
Length: 00:15:00
Controlling Creative Energy
Curt Tofteland leads students in an exercise exploring how actors use energy, and Jean St. John and Steve Roenker of the My Nose Turns Red theater company discuss commedia dell’arte.
Length: 00:05:09

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Aspects of Drama Part 2: Elements of Drama

Liz Bussey Fentress

This section of the Aspects of Drama DVD includes three excerpts from the KET production of Liz’s Circus Story, a one-woman play by Liz Bussey Fentress about her experiences working at a one-ring circus in Wisconsin.


Excerpts from Liz’s Circus Story
These segments from an autobiographical one-woman play written and performed by Liz Bussey Fentress dramatize her experiences working at a one-ring circus in Wisconsin.
Length: 00:10:00

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Aspects of Drama Part 3: Cultures, Periods, and Styles

Eddie Bracken and Ashley Judd

The videos in this section of the Aspects of Drama DVD include performances, documentary segments, and interviews spotlighting drama from a wide array of cultures, historical time periods, and styles.


West African: Anansi’s Rescue from the River
Anansi the spider is the central character of this “why” story told by Mama Yaa.
Length: 00:11:30
Japan: Bunraku
A student demonstrates the art of Japanese Bunraku puppetry.
Length: 00:06:29
Greek Theater: Oedipus
This reader’s theater performance of a scene from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, considered to be the epitome of Greek tragedy, features Carmen Geraci and Sidney Shaw.
Length: 00:11:00
Medieval: Everyman
This reader’s theater scene from Everyman, the best example of a medieval morality play, features Spencer Christiansen as Everyman.
Length: 00:08:15
Allegory: Mummer’s Play
This allegorical play has its roots in an Appalachian tradition, brought from England, of holding a dance party sometime between Christmas Day and January 6. The performance was created by Joy D’Elia and Tommy Bledsoe and features a cast of musicians and actors.
Length: 00:09:34
Neo-Classicism: Tartuffe 1
This scene from Molière’s Tartuffe is presented in reader’s theater format and exemplifies the satire of 17th- and 18th-century Europe.
Length: 00:07:10
Neo-Classicism: Tartuffe 2
This scene from Molière’s Tartuffe is presented in reader’s theater format and exemplifies the satire that characterized 17th- and 18th-century Europe.
Length: 00:04:32
Melodrama: Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The 19th-century dramatization of Harriett Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin comes to life in a reader’s theater presentation of a scene from the play.
Length: 00:06:12
Realism: A Doll’s House
A scene from A Doll’s House, realist playwright Henrik Ibsen’s scathing criticism of the traditional roles of men and women, is presented in reader’s theater format.
Length: 00:08:00
American Musical Theater: The Glass Christmas Tree
In this segment from a holiday musical, children who work in a glass factory sing a song after sneaking into the factory at night.
Length: 00:06:43
Contemporary American Theater: The Ryan Interview
Eddie Bracken and Ashley Judd star in an excerpt from a 35-minute play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Arthur Miller, produced for television by KET.
Length: 00:02:24
Contemporary American Theater: Interviews with Miller, Judd, and Bracken
This segment features interviews with Arthur Miller, the playwright of The Ryan Interview, and Eddie Bracken and Ashley Judd, both of whom acted in the production.
Length: 00:06:53
The State of Contemporary American Theater: Interview with Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller discusses the state of American theater.
Length: 00:02:12
The State of Contemporary American Theater: The Importance of Regional Theater
A profile of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays is interspersed with comments from playwrights and members of the ATL staff.
Length: 00:09:04

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Aspects of Drama Part 4: Drama Across the Curriculum

Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Center for the Arts

These performance and rehearsal excerpts include examples of historical drama and dramatic interpretation of literature, a segment on developing a theatrical work for television, and a complete 60-minute electronic field trip.


Drama Based on History: Jemima Boone
An excerpt from a play for young people focuses on history as seen through the eyes of a female protagonist, Daniel Boone’s daughter Jemima.
Length: 00:05:12
Staging Historical Drama: As It Is in Heaven
The cast and crew rehearse scenes from a University of Kentucky Theatre Department production of a play about the Shaker women of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
Length: 00:08:24
Drama Based on History: Gov. Edwin Morrow
Actor Vic Hellard Jr. performs a monologue as Edwin Porch Morrow, Kentucky governor from 1919 to 1923.
Length: 00:12:48
Dramatic Interpretation of Literature: The Tell-Tale Heart
Actor Kevin Hardesty gives a dramatic reading of an excerpt from Poe’s story “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
Length: 00:01:42
Bringing a Theatrical Work to Television
This segment explores the technical side of producing a play for television.
Length: 00:14:00
Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
This field trip takes students to Louisville’s Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and follows the rehearsal and performance of a Broadway show.
Length: 00:56:32

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Kabuki

Makeup

This collection of video clips about the traditions, techniques, and aesthetics of Japanese Kabuki theater is included in the Drama Arts Toolkit.


What Is Kabuki?
Shozo Sato, Kabuki master, provides an overview of Kabuki, pointing out major characteristics and distinguishing it from Noh theater, the other classical Japanese theatrical style.
Length: 00:04:31
The Actor’s Technique
Shozo Sato describes and demonstrates Kabuki acting technique and the training the all-male performers go through in order to learn how to act male, female, young, and old.
Length: 00:07:51
Kabuki Makeup
Shozo Sato demonstrates how makeup is applied to Kabuki actors and how colors and lines help suggest character.
Length: 00:06:32
Kabuki Fan Symbolism
Shozo Sato discusses the origin of fan use in Kabuki theater and demonstrates the common usage and symbolism of the various fan movements.
Length: 00:02:44
Shakespeare Meets Kabuki: Scene Introduction
Shozo Sato explains how he adapts well-known Western classics into Kabuki and introduces the scene from Macbeth that two actors will perform in the next excerpt.
Length: 00:04:53
Scene from Macbeth, Kabuki-Style
Shozo Sato staged this adaptation of a scene from Macbeth in which Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are plotting the murder of Duncan.
Length: 00:14:44
Japanese Aesthetics
Shozo Sato provides a brief overview of Japanese aesthetics and describes “maximum art” (such as Kabuki), “minimal art” (such as haiku or a rock garden), and the need for balance in both.
Length: 00:05:22

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Performance Excerpts

Hamlet

This collection of video clips from student and professional theatrical productions is included in the Drama Arts Toolkit.


Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse
Characters from the classic Kenneth Grahame children’s story come to life onstage. In this excerpt, Toad shares his fantasy about having a horse.
Length: 00:05:13
Wind in the Willows: The Motor Car
Characters from the classic Kenneth Grahame children’s story come to life onstage. In this excerpt, Toad, Otter, Mole, and Rat see an automobile when they go for a picnic, and Toad is fascinated.
Length: 00:05:31
Pinocchio
J. Daniel Herring of Louisville’s Stage One introduces a scene from a theatrical production of Pinocchio, telling viewers to pay particular attention to the costumes.
Length: 00:02:50
Appleseed John: Ragdoll-Come-to-Life
This Stage One play follows Abby, a young girl growing up on the American frontier, and her meeting with an American hero, Appleseed John.
Length: 00:03:10
The Great Gilly Hopkins
J. Daniel Herring of Louisville’s Stage One sets up two scenes from a production of The Great Gilly Hopkins with a discussion of acting and how characters must transform in the course of a play.
Length: 00:06:20
Frankenstein
J. Daniel Herring of Louisville’s Stage One sets up the closing scene from a theatrical production of Frankenstein with comments on how lighting, set, and sound create important effects in a production.
Length: 00:06:29
Shakespeare: Scene from Hamlet
Lexington (KY) actor Kevin Hardesty performs the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy from Act III, Scene I of the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet. Hardesty opens the segment with a brief introduction to the scene.
Length: 00:03:00
Shakespeare: Scene from Much Ado About Nothing
This scene from the Shakespearean comedy focuses on the mature lovers from the play’s sub-plot—Beatrice and Benedick—and their “merry war.” Actor Joe Gatton opens the segment with a brief introduction to the scene.
Length: 00:08:45
Basics
Written and performed by high school students, the ingenious one-act play Basics shows two teenagers exploring their complicated feelings about each other and the confusion they feel about a new development in their relationship.
Length: 00:03:31
Words Like Freedom
This segment from the KET production Words Like Freedom/Sturdy Black Bridges includes works by three African-American women writers: Sojourner Truth, Naomi Long Madgett, and Nikki Giovanni.
Length: 00:09:00

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Storytelling Sampler

The Buzzard and the Monkey

This collection of video clips on storytelling, including examples from master storytellers, is included in the Drama Arts Toolkit.


Two Gals
Storyteller Anndrena Belcher tells the story of two sisters—one kind and considerate, the other lazy and greedy.
Length: 00:14:00
Little Deer and Mother Earth
Storyteller Marilou Awiakta, of Cherokee/Appalachian heritage, tells a story illustrating the Native American principle of “taking only what you need with respect and gratitude.”
Length: 00:06:00
Cat and Rat
Storytellers Tom Bledsoe and Rich Kirby tell the story of the rat who lost his tail to the cat in a game of mumblety-peg.
Length: 00:07:00
The Buzzard and the Monkey
John O’Neal, performing as the legendary character Junebug Jabbo Jones, tells a story that explains why the buzzard eats only things that are already dead.
Length: 00:10:31
Little Jack and Big Jack
Roadside Theater, from Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, performs a humorous Appalachian tale about young Jack, who saves his brother, Big Jack, by outwitting a king.
Length: 00:14:57
The Power of Storytelling
Storyteller Anndrena Belcher discusses the relevance of storytelling today and why people should learn their family stories.
Length: 00:01:00

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