From Text to Scene: Modern Methods and Staging Strategies

  • Amin Saadati Istanbul University, Turkey
Keywords: Theater, Director, Writer, Text, Mise-En-Scene


This article examines the ideas and practices of directors and writers about the degree of fidelity and non-adherence to the text, reversal, and the use of the text as a preliminary text to present artists’ artistic concerns. The degree of fidelity of the theater play to the text and the author raises this question that whether the director will be accepted as the creator of the work or the person who performs it. This article shows that modern theater experts interpret the relationship between the written text and the staged play in different ways. While some directors see their play work as serving the writers and prioritizing their satisfaction, others see themselves as the creator of the work, sees text as one of the elements that can be removed from the theater. Konstantin Stanislavski, Jerzy Grotowski, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Elia Kazan, and Wooster are some of the famous actors whose comments are briefly reviewed in this article. What will become clear in this work is the diminishing role of the author as the sole creator of the work and the progress of the theater towards innovation, diversity of forms, and group work. At the end of this article, the novelty in presenting the text is considered not the death of the author, but a kind of continuation of the text and a revitalization of its various dimensions.