“Response 2” of Carol Fischer’s “Dramatic Time: Phenomena and Dilemmas”

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Chapter Summary: The stage is a unique space on which time plays. On a stage, time is apt to go backwards or jump around undisciplined, suddenly stopping or racing ahead, becoming a character with its own energy. Actors and directors are concerned with rhythm of speech and action, beats of plot development imposing limitations on their embodied creativity, but all such staging is manipulated by the playwrights who bend the event with the pressure of time in one of its many forms. This chapter explores the interplay of meaning and function regarding time within the dramatic art form. It focuses on the interaction of theatre scholarship, playwriting, theatre practice, and approaches to time. The chapter looks at cultural and performance analysis that is shifting some traditional methods of analysis about dramatic time. It also explores works of playwrights who have agitated the sense and representation of time on stage.