Study Guide for the World Premiere of
Herb Brown’s YOU’RE MY BOY
Contemporary American Theatre Company
CATCO’s 2005-06 season is being presented in association with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA).
Compiled, edited, and written by Bill Childs, Prof. of History, The Ohio State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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For every production, CATCO hires a dramaturg to collect information about the play (its structure and setting), the playwright, and past productions. This information, which is often put together into an “Actors’ Book,” aids the director in establishing an approach and it helps the actors prepare for their different characterizations. It is supplemental information that furnishes facts and context, for the director, actors, properties master, music director, and costume, scenic, lighting, and sound designers, always do their own research as well. The key word is “collaboration”; everyone collaborates and shares information with everyone else. In the case of YOU’RE MY BOY, an original production, the playwright Herb Brown was of course a driving force throughout the process.
The dramaturg prepares not only the Actors’ Book, but also Play Notes, which is a shorter published version of the Actors’ Book. This publication is made available to high school students and, sometimes, the subscribers. For the production of YOU’RE MY BOY, this web site is taking the place of Play Notes.
This web site will be updated periodically throughout the rehearsal process.
Table of Contents
Thomas E. Dewey
The Artistic Process