A stage setting is not a background; it is an environment.
There is no more reason for a room on a stage to be a reproduction of an actual room than for an actor who plays the part of Napoleon to be Napoleon, or for an actor who plays Death in the old morality play to be dead.
The theater is a school we shall never have done with studying and learning.
Realism is something we practice when we aren't feeling very well. When we don't feel up to the extra effort.
The sole aim of the arts of scene-designing, costuming, lighting, is to enhance the natural powers of the actor.
We have learned that beneath the surface of an ordinary everyday normal casual conscious existence there lies a vast dynamic world of impulse and dream, a hinterland of energy which has an independent existence of its own and laws of its own: laws which motivate all our thoughts and our actions.
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