Given Circumstances (concept review)

What Do We Know About The Scene?"


The given circumstances or GIVENS are 
- In the script- provided to you by the author/playwright
- Created by the Director in coaching
- Developed by the Actor from the context of the script.

Given Circumstances include:

PLACE  (specifically where the scene takes place, and the character's "location" in the world)

SENSORY ELEMENTS - (heat, cold, any tactile sense, sight, hearing, physicalities, and handicaps)

RELATIONSHIPS - (with other characters and with all of the "givens" in the scene)

TIME PERIOD - (the past, present or the future)

TIME OF DAY - (the morning, afternoon, evening...or anything inbetween)

SEASON - (the spring, summer, fall or winter)

Amount of time the character may have to do whatever
- (in a rush, taking his/her time, on a deadline...etc)

Financial background or situation - (rich, poor and everything inbetween)

Family history or situation - (parents, siblings, extended family, adopted, orphan...etc)

Emotional situation - (well adjusted, psychotic, nervous, anxious, excited, in love...etc)

Employment - (the place of work, out of work, type of job, amount of work)

Future plans - (where is the character planning to go, do, become..etc)

Exposure to the world - (what kind of worldly experiences, do they travel, are they foreign, etc)

All Backstory can be a "GIVEN"

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