Gestures And The Plays Of Megan Terry Essay

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Gesture and Movement in the Plays of Megan Terry: A Study of Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dry Place Nibedita Chhotroy Ph.D. Scholar Dept. of English, Berhampur University, Odisha Dr. Suresh Chandra Nayak Associate Professor & HoD Department of Journalism & Mass Communication Manav Rachna International University Abstract Gesture and body movement play an important role in drama. These gestures as well as “silences” and “pauses” are absent in the dramatic text and come into play only when the text is performed. Body language is an important aspect of performance. An actor’s body language plays a crucial part in telling the audience about the character they are playing. Megan Terry the famous playwright, screenwriter and theatre artist of America has produced numerous dramas, some of which were performed at New York City 's Open Theatre. The mimes, gestures, and body movements in Open Theatre are used to inject a sense of realism, actuality, and immediacy into the dramatic scenes of the play. The experimental environment at the Open Theatre helped Terry conceive her plays as a series of action blocs rather than sequential scenes. She also began using her scripts as starting points for dialogue and action and allowed the participants to perform their parts. Key Words: Action, Gesture, Transformation, Stage Image, Body Movements Introduction Megan Terry received favorable notices for her one act play Keep Tightly Closed in a Cool Dry Place. Most of the critics applauded

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