Actors and directors in a play

Actors and directors in a play

A play is an art and with art comes the role of actors and directors. The actors have to find a piece of themselves in any character, good or evil, feminine or masculine and turning the pieces to a living, and breathing entity. On the other hand, a director has a mandate of offering guidance to his or her actors as they try to get the voice, body, and soul of their character (Comey 21). In the play, Dolls house, Nora takes the role of a woman who is objectified as a doll to display the entrapment of women. Using this, the director “Carrie Cracknell” of the play “Dolls house” and actors must work together to make sure that the characters anticipated are achieved. Therefore, both actors and directors are important to attain the objectives of a play.

An actor and director relay on one another for production of a play. The directors interpret the scrips of a play for the actors to understand. They also expect the actors to take a given character based on the themes of the play and make it a living and breathing entity. On the other hand, the actors expect directions and instructions from the director even as they take the roles of the play. For instance, in the play, a director expects the characters to display the intended theme such as unreliability of appearance. Based on this theme, Nora is expected to act like a silly and childish woman at the start, but she should change to be brave and intelligent later on. In scene one, Nora removes her coat and takes out a couple of macaroons from the pocket and eats them suspiciously as she has been forbidden of them (Ibsen 67). The action mimics that of a child that of a child.

It is important for an actor and director to collaborate. It involves the act of being able to work together and share ideas about how a play should be. To ensure there is collaboration, actors must be free to speak out and make a contribution on how he or she feels a script should be especially on what should be added or removed. A director even when assisting the actors in getting the script, he or she should engage the actors on the best ways they feel they can capture the word, and emotions about a character expected of them. For instance, in a play such as “Dolls house,” it takes working together of both an actor and director. The lead role like Nora and the husband to be successful requires a series of meetings (Fischer 103). Therefore, an actor and director collaborate by exchanging important information to improve the content of a play.

In the play, “Dolls house” the playwright is Henrik Ibsen. A playwright is a person who writes a play. The writer of a play always wants to pass a certain message to the society especially to the audience with the help of directors, actors, and other crew members. A playwright’s voice can stay visible in the play if the director does not change the subject by making sure that all the characters align with the subject. On the other hand, a playwright’s voice can be eclipsed when a director gets to notice an ending that can attract public criticism.

For instance, in the play “Dolls house” Ibsen’s theme “a woman’s right to individual self-fulfillment” was considered subversive at that time. Critics claimed that Nora’s decision to leave the children was unrealistic since no real woman could do such a thing. For instance, “NORA: I must stand on my own two feet if I’m to get to know myself and the world outside. That’s why I can’t stay here with you any longer.” (Ibsen 84). Based on this, a director can consider changing the script to avoid critics.

The job of an actor differs with that of a director. The role of a director in a play is to offer guidance to his or her actors as they try to determine the voice, body, and soul of a character given to them. Directors are also in charge of making artistic decisions for the production of the play. The decisions can be to change some elements in the scripts to meet the themes or advice on the right costumes. On the other hand, the role of an actor is to master the script for the play and also to make sure that they adopt the right voice, and behavior of a character presented (Comey 76). In light of this, it is apparent that their roles have a single objective of aligning to the theme of the play which is significant in the creation of a theatrical event. Both of them will ensure that the presented script is mastered carefully and is aligned with the overall theme.

Work Cited

Comey, Jeremiah. The art of film acting: a guide for actors and directors. Focal Press, 2012.

Fischer, Iris Smith. Mabou Mines: Making Avant-Garde Theater in the 1970s. University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Ibsen, Henrik. A doll’s house. A&C Black, 2008.