Dramaturgy to Enhance Audience Experience
This chapter explores some of the tasks with which the dramaturg tells the audience the story of the production. The work the dramaturg does during the rehearsal process is in preparation for the performances in more ways than one. If there is an educational outreach program, the dramaturg is often involved in curricular support and may compile a study guide for the participating schools. The materials selected from the dramaturgy will not necessarily be presented in the same format to the audience. The dramaturg uses the lobby display and the program note to transmit information and ideas to the audience, and a third opportunity is the talkback, where he can have a conversation with them. The post-show talkback is different in that it is usually an open invitation to any audience member who is in the room and will be an immediate response to what they have just seen.