Prompt: The setting (space, place, and time) forms the backdrop and defines the atmosphere for a play. Settings sometimes symbolically present plot and character issues. For example, a locked door could represent an obstacle within a character’s life. At other times, the setting can limit or permit the characters’ actions. Think about the setting in the play you read. Consider these aspects: Physical space in which the story is placed (confined or open, small or large, limited to one place or not) Cultural and social landscape in which the story is situated Time in which the action takes place (time of day, year, era, or century) Stage directions, including lighting, music, and placement of props Discuss the setting and stage directions in the play you read. Does the setting produce certain responses from the audience? In what ways does the setting influence the events? Does the setting constrain or liberate the characters? How does the setting reflect the central ideas of the play?