SECTION ONE (Contextual Information)
In this section list all the important facts about the play; its author and significant historical information regarding its initial production. This is the practical and logical section of your PAF.
- Author information (short biography, other works).
- Cast of characters, number of acts, scenes, number of sets.
- Information about the historical period in which the play was written. Really try to capture the world of the play.
- As a categorizing label, state what type or kind of play it is. (i.e., classic Greek tragedy, 19th century melodrama, 1940’s American farce, etc.) NOTE: Remember that there are only 2 basic or pure forms of drama, namely tragedy and comedy. All other forms are derivatives or amalgamations of those basic two such as farce, melodrama, tragi-comedy, heroic comedy or drama, etc. The historical period may also influence the label. For example: expressionistic farce in the French tradition or Elizabethan tragedy influenced by the Roman playwright Seneca, etc.
- Any vital or unusual production problems. For example: a goat is needed; 2 or more children; a moose head is required, etc.