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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. Then actors in the ATL production of the play read a scene, rehearse it, discuss character development and motivation, and perform the scene in costume and on set. The excerpt is from Program 15, “Drama,” of KET’s GED Connection series. Created to help adult learners prepare for the GED test, this series includes 39 half-hour documentary-style programs in five subject areas: Writing, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Working professionals as well as adult students and teachers cover basic concepts in each subject area.

Suggested Uses:

  • as an introduction to George Bernard Shaw/modern theater
  • to explore the collaborative process of theater
  • to analyze character development
  • to explore how elements of production contribute to the effectiveness of a play
  • for an insight into acting
  • to explore the influences of time and culture on art

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See the Heartbreak House Study Guide in the Drama Arts Toolkit binder.


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