posted by Anonymous on .
The following is a diagram of a stage:
STAGE RIGHT STAGE LEFT
Now, if in a book based on a play it says that there are two bedroom doors: DOOR#1 "at right" and DOOR #2 "at left", which side of the stage (stage right or stage left) should DOOR #1 go on? DOOR #2?
Look at the stage from the audience. your right hand is stage right; your left hand is stage left.
This is a labeled diagram plus pictures of the set.
Looking at the stage... your right hand is stage right. Your left hand is stage left.
But if the audience is looking at the stage, wouldn't their right hand be stage left, according to this diagram?
stage right stage left
(audience's right hand)
Stage right is the audience's right as they look at the stage.
So is my diagram from my teacher incorrect?
It shows the audience facing the stage with stage right at the left and stage left at the right?
Thanks for questioning me. Your teacher is right. I was wrong. I'm sorry, but my memory played a dirty trick on me.
Stage right is the actor's right as he faces the audience.
Okay, so just to straighten things out, am I right, I mean correct=) in the following:
In the book, A Raisin in the Sun, Mama and Beneatha's bedroom door is "at left". When labeling the door on my diagram of the stage, it would go on stage right, which is the audience's left, correct? Or does "at left" mean the opposite- that the door is on stage left?
Definition: Left or right from the point of view of an actor facing the audience.
This is because the director sits in the audience facing the actors' on stage. When the director says move left, there needs to be a way to know whose left. Blocking is commonly given using stage left and right.
Did you look at all these images? There are many there so you can piece the set together:
When I do my diagram of the stage, should I do it based on the audience's right and left or the actors' right and left?