Lue Morgan Douthit, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s director of literary development and dramaturgy, has spent 20 seasons at OSF and served as production dramaturg for more than 40 productions, including “The Unfortunates,” “Throne of Blood” and “Equivocation.” Douthit’s presentations are widely known for their understated humor and extraordinary wit. We got together in her office on the OSF campus. This is the first of a two-part column.
EH: What is dramaturgy?
LD: Dramaturgy is the study of dramatic structure. Anything that has to do with how a play is put together is the world of dramaturgy. I happen to be one person that pays attention to that. I’m not the only person that interprets the dramatic architecture of a play. I pay attention to the story to offer advice to a director, actors and designers and to have conversations with audiences.