Structures of Meaning: A Semiotic Approach to the Play Text

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1993 - 181 páginas
In this century directors and other practitioners of the theater have insisted that the play text reaches full significance only within the performance. Their insistence that the play text is "something to be done," as Roland Barthes has put it, and not merely something to be read, necessarily influences the way the reader approaches the text intended for representation on the stage. Theater practitioners have always intuited the transformations that take place while they move from first reading through rehearsal to opening night. They know that the written word is transformed when spoken by an actor, and that stage action, lights, sounds, and an audience bring life to a text that might have seemed dull on first reading.

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