Medea Staging Paper (Title) This Is A Staging Paper For The Play Medea Writen By Me.

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Beat 1 (Lines 662 to 712)Literal: Medea is listening to what has happened to Aegeus and explaining her situation.Essential: Trying to seek advice from a far off friend.'As If': It's 'as if' I am explaining to a friend and enlisting their help in getting back at my ex-girlfriend, who dumped me, but who happens to be his parent's friend's daughter.Beat 2 (Lines 713 to 758)Literal: Medea is trying to secure a place in Athens with Aegeus by offering him children that he needs.Essential: Trying to bargain with a friend for mutual gain.'As If': It's 'as if' I want to go to party to try to save my relationship with a girl that I really love, but my mom will not let me go, so I offer to spend an entire day talking with her and not shutting her out as much anymore.The reason that the excerpt is divided into two beats at line 713, is because that is the point that Medea realizes she can manipulate Aegeus by offering to give him children. She moves from a begging weak Medea, to her stronger Medea. She finally has a leg to stand on and we can see the cunning she processes. Instead of having new news that one of the actors finds out Medea realizes something instead and it serves the same purpose. The two beats represent the different sides of Medea in the excerpt and that is why I decided to divide the excerpt into two different beats.Through Line: Medea is trying to secure a home or some security, for after she gets her revenge, any way that she can.Beat 1 (Lines 662 to 712)Objective: Medea's objective is to listen to Aegeus and to try to get him to give her advice with all of her problems.Obstacle: Her problems involve the son-in-law of the king Creon.Action: Medea uses sympathy to try to get Aegeus to help her despite the fact it creates an enemy with Corinth.Beat 2 (Lines 713 to 758)Objective: Medea's objective is to secure a spot for certain in the city of Athens.Obstacle: Aegeus does not want to just give a foreign killer citizenship to his city, and he does not want to make enemies with strangers.Action: Medea offers Aegeus children if she gets a spot in Athens and she forces him to swear in front of the gods that he will help her and never abandon her.For this excerpt it is very important for me or any other actor playing Medea to be aware of and utilise several important tools. Voice and speech are vital. This play is from 2000 years ago therefore, concepts are foreign, and the language is different. If an actor does not have a clear voice then the audience will loose what he/she is saying. More specifically to this excerpt of lines, during Medea's speech from lines 708 to 718, the actors voice must be precise so that the audience can understand the beat change half way through. If the actor does not have a strong clear voice, the audience will lose what is happening. Also the next line, "...I'd like you to swear to that," would not make sense if the actor did not change his voice noticeably. Probably the most important tool would be the ability to...

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