Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, Sixth Edition teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to evaluate its potentials for performance and production.

This new edition offers a more streamlined experience for the reader and features new and revised content, such as a fully updated chapter on postmodern drama, new sections on Associative Thinking and Ambiguous Terms in the Introduction, and revised appendices featuring The Score of a Role and expanded treatments of Functional Analysis for Designers and Further Questions for Script Analysis. Explorations of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples, end-of-chapter summaries, and stimulating questions that will allow actors, directors, and designers to immediately incorporate the concepts and processes into their theatre production work.

An excellent resource for students of Acting, Script Analysis, Directing, and Playwriting courses, this book provides the tools to effectively bring a script to life on stage.

chapter 1|21 pages

Action Analysis

chapter 2|23 pages

Foundations of the Plot

Given Circumstances

chapter 3|21 pages

Foundations of the Plot

Background Story

chapter 4|19 pages


External and Internal Action in the Dialogue

chapter 5|29 pages


Progressions and Structure

chapter 6|20 pages


chapter 7|24 pages


chapter 8|29 pages


chapter 9|21 pages

Tempo, Rhythm, and Mood

chapter 10|16 pages


chapter 11|38 pages

A Case Study of Postmodern Drama

Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine