1. GENERAL HEADING: Performance Exercises

2. TITLE OF EXERCISE: "Their Exits and Their Entrances"

3. GOALS: To engage the students actively in directional problem solving; to enhance their awareness of the complexity of so simple a thing as the exits and entrances in a particular scene, and the implications of the decisions made for the meaning of the scene.

4. NUMBER OF STUDENTS: At least as many as the number of characters in the chosen scene, and preferably twice that many.

5. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: A space suitable for a minimal staging of the chosen scene.

6 CLASS TIME NEEDED: At least half an hour; preferably an entire class period of an hour.


Roles are assigned for the chosen scene, preferably two casts. (Macbeth, 2.2 is recommended.)

Each team decides where the entrances are going to be for the scene and where each entrance comes from or leads to.

Directing themselves, each group blocks the scene, with primary emphasis upon where each character enters or exits.

The two groups perform their blocking for each other.

8. POINTS FOR OBSERVATION, DISCUSSION: The difficulties identified by each group and a comparison of how they solved the problems will enhance their comprehension of the importance of the physical configuration of the set and its relationship to the other elements of the play.

9. SOURCE/REFERENCE: Audrey Stanley, Co-Director of the Institute, UC-Santa Cruz