This edition: Speech and Silence: The Language of Drama
This episode explores how staging and non-verbal language interact with the words of a play. It examines scenes from Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie to emphasize the importance of pauses, silences and other staging devices, and show how these devices become a language in themselves. Artistic director Michael Kahn discusses the use of pauses and silences in Shakespeare and demonstrated how he instructed actors to use them effectively. Lastly, director and playwright Emily Mann share her views on staging and how playwrights can offer specific stage directions or no stage directions at all.