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Theatre Final Study Guide

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Theatre Final Study Guide DR 242

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Covers the evolution of Theatre from Indian Sanskrit Drama to China and Japan to Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome; covers the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, French Neoclassicism, English Restoration, E...
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Intro to Theatre Final Chapter 7 • Theatre – ephemeral, difficult to study; extant = surviving • Indian Sanskrit Drama – 1 scripted theatre o Gods invented theatre & gave it to humans through Bharata § Transcribed into Natya Shastra (cannon of dance & drama) o Mahabharata - most influential epic poem o Epic – long stories/poems about adventures of legendary or historical hero o Playwrights – big three § Shudraka, Bhasa, Kalidasa (most honored for “perfect” play) • “Perfect” play – The Recognition of Shakuntala • Zaju (Xiqu1) – 1 Chinese Opera o Xiqu = tuneful theatre ; Guanhanquin – founder • Japanese Medieval o Bunraku – puppet theatre, influenced Kabuki o Noh – exploits of warrior heroes; oldest form still performed § Kan’ami Kiyotsugu & Zeami Motokiyo – father/son team; creators o Kabuki – most exciting & spectacular, still performed § Onnagata – male playing female character st • Ancient Greece – 1 scripted Western Theatre – where DEWGs think theatre started ; love theatre o Political structure: Democratic (direct democracy), city states o Religion: polytheistic, yet “human based” o 5 century B.C = “Golden Age” of Greek Theatre o Values: patriarch, warrior, intellectual, balanced, service § Athens – celebrated wisdom & passion o Aristotle – Poetics – analysis of the art of tragic dram a o Old Comedy – satire/sex farce § Aristophanes – 1 surviving comic playwright; master of old comedy • Lysistrata – anti war play; women refuse sex • Phallus – symbolic penis; important Greek costume piece o New Comedy – romantic comedy; introduced by Menander o Aeschylus – 1 great playwright, invented the trilogy, actor, shrank chorus, increased importance of dramatic parts rd th o Sophocles – 3 & 4 actor, 15 member chorus, developed plot & characterization, developed scenes into full acts w/ choral divisions, focused on “hubris” o Euripides – increased # of characters & roles, focus on individual & on social questions, develop interest in abnormal psychology, disconnect chorus from main action , broke traditions & embraced controversy & independence § Wrote about women, rebel, more sensational & violent plots o Competition – each tragic poet/dramatist produced 3 tragedies & satyr play in 1 day § Win at festival – sacrifice goat to gods; tragedy = goat song o What we know about Greek theatre comes from scenes depicted on pottery, surviving plays, business ledgers, & architecture o Theatre Space – Amphitheatre – outdoor thrust stage – view = scenery; raked audience § Theatron – “seeing place” – up to 15000 seats; where we get the word “theatre” § Orchestra – “dancing place” - performance area for the chorus § Skene – scene house – provided entrance/exits & changing room for actors § Parados – entry ways § Thymele – altar – 1 piece of scenery – honor god Dionysus - where sacrifice goat • Ancient Rome – the great “borrowers” of Western History – engineers, politicians, lawyers o Ludi Festivals – big national holidays/carnivals § “Bread & Circus” – make people happy with food & entertainment • Panem et Circuses – Hunger Games § 200 BC – Republic – 11 days of performance § 27 BC – Empire – 43 days of festival § End of empire – 100 days of Ludi – lazy, fat, complacent, apathetic o Art – slaves, beggars, & prostitutes o Violence on stage; more violent society; coliseum – for fights, not plays o Roman Tragedies – “bad copies” of Greece in Latin § Seneca the Younger – Roman o Roman Comedies – like wacky sitcoms; Platus & Terence § Full of cheesy archetypes – beleaguered husband, nagging wife, dumb blonde § Plautus – adapted from Greek New Comedy, featured middle & lower class characters, wrote in languag e of common people • Created the stock character types – braggart warrior, old miser o 4 most popular forms of entertainment § Mimes – men & women – unmasked • Low class street performers, clowns, slaves, & prostitutes § Gladiatorial Combats – kill each other; combats (wrestling, football) § Bestiarii – animals vs. humans; tigers, lions, exotic animals were favorites • Import animals for entertainment – testament to Roman power § Naumachia – naval battle – fill coliseum with water, put in ships, blow them up o Fall of Rome – happened over centuries § Constantine – made Rome Christian – Constantinople § 400 CE – fun outlawed – Rise of Christianity; Christians fed to lions o No theatre in the west from 500 CE – 1000 CE • Middle Ages – primary authority was the Catholic church, taug ht biblical ideas o Allegory – use of characters that represent 1 of the 7 vices & virtues o 4 types of plays: Miracle, Morality, Mystery, Liturgical o Mystery Plays –recount episode from the Bible; craft guilds, outdoors, wagons • Commedia dell’arte – built on the use of stock characters o Italian Renaissance – cultural & artistic changes o Scripts = outlines of scenarios where actors insert bits (lazzi) o Stock characters: young lovers (innamorati), elders who block lovers (“Masters”), servants who assi st lovers (zanni) o Introduction of women to the professional stage • Elizabethan Drama – reign of Elizabeth I; English language exploded o Tudor plays – Henry Tudor – evolved in universities & broke from the control of the church o Christopher Marlowe – Elizabethan/Tudor playwright; greater than Shakespeare o Elizabethan plays – Elizabeth I – pinnacle of the era § William Shakespeare – “greatest playwright who ever lived” o Jacobean plays – James I – darker & more cynical, horrific & obscene o Boy companies – special company of young male actors • African theatre – transmitted through oral tradition o Valued family, community, & peaceful consensus o Passed through memory, interpret rather than represent, demand audience participation th • 4 Century – church outlawed theatre Chapter 8 • “The Dark Ages” – The Medieval Era o Early Medieval – The Dark Ages - no theatre o Late Medieval – theatre emerges again § Theatre – sacred & used by church to teach Christian morality § Starts in the Liturgy – Priest included theatrical conventions § Allow the guilds to put on festivals on Holy Day § 4 major types: Liturgical, Miracle, Mystery, Morality § Mystery Plays – sanctioned by the church; illustrate moments in the bible § Medieval Pageants – mainly mystery plays; short bible episodes performed by g uilds • Pageant wagons – heaven (right) & hell (left), hell mouth (demons pop out) • Kunqu (Xiqu2) – Chinese Opera – stately, poetic, aristocratic nd o Qing Dynasty – founded by Manchu (2 ethnic group to rule China) o Depends on a small wind & percussion orchestra; flute – primary accompaniment o Wei Liangfu – new style of singing called “water mill tunes” o 2 styles for the scripts § Arias –complex poems sung & accompanied by orchestra § Prose – chanted • Indian Kathakali - “story play” – connections to classical theatre o Based on stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata – 2 great epics of Sanskrit o Plays – kings & heroes in constant struggle between good & evil , gods & demons § Mood: mysterious, cosmic, frightening • Chinese Jingju/Beijing Opera – restored theatre to the common people o Several regional styles blended together; stories of legendary heroes & military feats o Stock charatcers: male (sheng), female (dan), painted face (jing), clown (chou) o Color coded face painting – indicate character’s age, profession, personality § Red = loyalty, uprightness; black = rough, stern, honest o Costume color – indicates social status § Yellow = imperial family; red = high nobility; white = old officials • Renaissance – 1500s Theatre dies b/c of religious conflicts ; no plays about Christianity o Reformation – dissident groups challenge church ; more focus on education o The Council of Trent – Spanish Inquisition - church maintained power in Spain & medieval drama flourished o England – King Henry VII broke from church in 1534; QE banned religious plays § Strong classical influence blended with medieval theatre § Each country develops their own theatre b/c of abandoning religious matter § Theatre lost financial support of church & merchant class • Divided between church & profes sional actors; theatre becomes business o Decline of feudalism; more power for princes; growth of cities & mercantilism o Shift from theology to science; resurgence of antiquity (love for Greek & Roman things) o Rise of Humanism – concern for worth of humanity & early life; improve “self” § Each individual possess agency; education o Galileo – challenged the church o Erasmus – study Bible & Greek & Roman – education o Machiavelli - Realism o Leonardo da Vinci – humanist & Renaissance man o Michelangelo – artist o 4 Major Renaissance Theatres § Italian Renaissance – Italy is major trade route • Geographically placed to absorb ideas from Byzantium, Islam, & others • Trade provided wealth to support the arts (The Medici Family) • Important topics of Italian Theatre o Early Italian Plays – 1 on field o Neoclassical Ideals begin o The Advent of Opera – copy Greek theatre o Scenic Design & Architecture –Italians famous for o Commedia dell’arte – drama/comedy performed by professionals § Developed around mid 1500s – Roman mimes, medieval forces § Irreverent, slapstick, popular; influential all over Europe § Improvised scripts, multilingual, stock characters, simple staging, masks, buffoonery based on burla (rough plot sketch), Lazzi (comic bits), public & professional § 1 paid actors § stock characters – 2D, well recognized; horror movies • damsel, hero, prostitute w/ heart of gold • Pantalone – old man, greedy (money & sex) • Il Capitano – pretentious, bragger, full of crap • Il Dottore – smarty pants, doctor • Harlequin – audience favorite, funny, clever o Most important clown figure in European history § English Renaissance – geography, War of the Roses/ weakening feudal power • Emphasized literature (poetry & theatre); Edmund Spencer & John Milton o The University Wits • More secular, little affected by neo classicism, bare bones in practice & staging, commercial, imagery through words • William Shakespeare – low class, wrote to get paid o Histories (Richard III, Henry V) o Tragedies (Hamlet, Orthello, King Lear) o Comedies (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado) • Ben Johnson – favored by QE • Performance Practices o All male, commercial theatre, outdoor, minimal scenery, actors wore clothing of their own time o Shareholding – Shakespeare owned stock in theatre o Richard Burbage – owned most of the stock, 1 Hamlet • Tudor/ Stuart Timeline o Public Theatre (Globe), Private Theatre (Blackfriars) o Puritans – hate drinking, gambling, theatre; outlaw theatre in London o Shakespeare & friends built theatre on the other side of Thames § Theatre hosted Bear Baiting – wild dogs vs bear on leash ; Like Roman Bestiarii • French Neoclassicism – renewed interest in Greek & Roman works o Neoclassicism – copy Greeks & Romans § Don’t mix comedy & tragedy § Bienseance – Decorum/Property § Vraisemblance – Verisimilitude o Louis XIII – came to throne at 9 § Cardinal Richelieu – power behind Louis XIII, took power from protestants & nobles • Absolute Monarchy – rule the whole nation – got rid of feudalism o All power under 1 king; France = powerhouse o Academie Francaise – aimed to protect from corruption & foreign influ ences § French Academy – style police, control artists & intellects, Cardinal Richelieu • “The Opinions of the French Academy” – Jean Chapelain o Came down hard on Corneille § Aristotle’s Poetics = rule book; 5 act rule o Corneille – Le Cid – greatest French playwright o Louis XIV – The Sun King – reigned for 72 years – built palace of Versailles § Jean Racine – Phedre – patronage of Louis XIV – “Neoclassical perfection” o Moliere – Jean-Baptiste Poquelin – most produced § Considered the best by French; Social satire – wrote out to Commedia tradition; French humor + Commedia § Tartuffe; acted in his plays, ran his company, & directed • English Restoration – politics replaced art; o Drama – instrument of social class distinction; “country club thea tre” § Restoration comedies repeated the same essential plot o Oliver Cromwell & Puritans took control & established the Commonwealth o Theatre deemed corrupt & outlawed in 1642 o Aphra Behn – 1 professional woman playwright in England – The Rover § Features strong central female characters o Apron invented o Prynne’s Histriomastix – 1000 pg anti theatrical treatise – punished by Charles I o English Civil Wars – Charles I beheaded o Puritans came into power – no theatre § English Interregnum – parliament & military rule – Puritans § Globe torn down & actors arrested o Charles II came back from France & took crown – “Merrie Monarch” – loved by people § Restored to throne = Restoration § Puritans fled to America –why we hate theatre § Reopened theatre; brought back French theatre; wo men allowed on stage • Breeches – leading lady in male disguise o Restoration Comedy – lively, lewd, most revived plays o Decline of Restoration – growth of mercantile class, too raunchy § Jeremy Collier – A Short View of the Immorality & Profaness of the English Stage – anti theatrical prejudice • European Theatre – rise of powerful European nations, rise of aristocrats o The Age of Enlightenment – use reason to make people & society better o Colonialization – forcing European ideas on everyone else o Italian scenery, French Neoclassicism, dominant style: Sentimentalism o Rise of Sentimentalism – cheesy, boring & moralizing § David Garrick – made Shakespeare cool o Germany – hot mess; professional theatre hadn’t reached b/c unsettled religious & political pro blems, The Thirty Years War § Gotthold Vessing – German playwright; invented Dramaturg; Hamburg Dramaturgy § Sturm and Drang – “Storm & Stress” - Schiller & Goethe • 1 explosive reaction against French Neoclassicism; Beginning of Romanticism • Goethe – Faust • Romanticism – feelings more important than thoughts, emotional truth, natural; emotions & passions will lead to good morals o Break away from Neoclassicism; focus on individual, philosophy of democracy, personal liberation o More complex protagonists from more humble beginnings; poetic, for the elite o French Romanticism § Victor Hugo’s Hernani causes riot; Romanticism replaces Neoclassicism o French Revolution & American Revolution • Melodrama – Victorian Era – soothe & reassure middle class; appeal to emotions, not intellect; began in Germany & France o Thrives as soap opera; develops alongside Romanticism; for the masses ; lots of gesture o Simple morals – good guy wins – American ending; simplistic stock character o Emphasis on spectacle – damsel on train tracks; music underscore to manipulate emotions o Temperance Melodrama – get people to stop drinking o #1 play in American in 1800s – Uncle Tom’s Cabin; melodrama § Used black face; Mulatto – child of interracial couple o Sarah Bernhardt – famous French actress • America: 1492-1776 didn’t like theatre; British import – only theatre; Puritan colonists; theatre = elitist o Strong class divide; upper class European or cheesy popular entertainment o The Astor Place Riot – New York 1849 o Minstrel Show – 1 American – white performers wearing burnt cork on their faces – black face o 4 popular forms: Melodrama, Minstrelsy, Burlesque, Vaudeville; Musicals evolve out of the 4 • Diaspora – Africa – “the scattering” – hunger for free labor in the New World Chapter 9 • 19 Century Changes o Charles Darwin – The Origin of Species – biology o Sigmund Freud – psychology o Karl Marx - economics o August Comte – founder of sociology § Empiricism – knowledge comes from evidence § Theatre as science: theatre – lab, stage – petri dish, 4 wall – slide cover = Realism o 4 major theatrical styles: Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Magic Realism § Classical – before Realism, active audience; Contemporary – after Realism, passive audience • Realism – call to change the status quo; how everyday peo ple react to their environments; loved by the masses; mindless o Rebellion against Romanticism; influential & inspired new forms ; more stage directions o Offshoot of Scientific Empiricism o Stories of middle class, contemporary life & manners, detailed set design ; modern director o Henrik Ibsen – father of Modern Realism; revealed middle class suffering; “pure” realism § A Doll’s House – “door slam heard around the world” o Anton Chekov – modern realism; privilege does not mean happiness ; The Cherry Orchard o George Bernard Shaw – wrote to criticize society & inspire change o Important change in the social context § The Industrial Revolution, urban poor & slums,wave of feminism, rise of photography § Louis Daguerre – “Daguerreotypes” o Realism = genre. Realism = description, realistic o DEWGS in charge until Rise of Realism; Realism splits into different forms o Offshoots of Realism – Realism + Something else; magic realism, naturalism o Avant Garde – hate realism – something that pisses people off o Konstantin Stanislavski – ushered in “Golden Age” of American Theatre; Founded Moscow Art’s Theatre § The System st • Most taught in US; Didn’t arrive until 1930s; Why silent moviestalkies were melodramatic § Stanislavsky’s Catch phrases • Relaxation-nerves & tensions mess you up, learn to control • Concentration & observation; focused & in control of concentration, block out the audience • Specificity - Play concrete action & let emotion happen incidentally • Imagination & Creativity- Imaginary circumstances-beyond given circumstances o “Magic if”-make it feel real/important; Inspire actor’s imagination • Naturalism – stark reality with no compromise; set detail, real clot hes, real life on stage o “Scratch & itch & belch & fart” part o Emile Zola – “Slice of life” – Therese Raquin = 1 naturalistic drama o August Strindberg – rejected naturalism – dark, disturbing, real th o Andre Antoine - developed 4 wall, realism, naturalism • 20 Century Masters/ “Golden Age” o Eugene O’Neill – depict lives of the down & out – 1 American playwright o Tennessee Williams – Thomas Lanier Williams – lyrically poetic – great SOUTHERN playwright § The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire o Lillian Hellman – explore psychological weakness o Arthur Miller – struggles of the common man – Death of a Salesman Chapter 10 • Stylization – process of taking a play beyond reality through distortion, exaggeration, etc • Western & Eastern styles – blur b/c new styles mix • The “Isms” – Historical Avant Garde – against Realism – Forward Guard o Romanticism – epic, poetic, nature o Realism – truth prosaically, scientific o Naturalism –real life on stage o Impressionism – capture the moment; artificial, emotional o Symbolism – poetic, dreamlike o Futurism – reject past § Big in Italy; Marinetti – 1 of the founders, wrote Feet; serate (serata) – plays, 3 minute performances § Nationalistic, opposed to museums & institutions, glorified war, antagonistic, anti -feminism, hated colleges o Dadaism – contradict expectations; Anti war, explored meaninglessness of modern art, primitivism (child like, fun) § Post WWI – stems from the horror, represents the insanity, anti -logic § Major Figures: • Hugo Ball – Father of dada • Tristan Tzara – “Dada Manifesto” § Marcel Duchamps – artist (urinal, Mona Lisa w/ Mustache) § Started in Zurich at the Cabaret Voltaire o Expressionism – pessimistic; dark, nightmarish § Nightmare, subjective/visions of protagonist, critical of dehumanization & industrialization o Constructivism – build story, don’t tell story, bare bones o Surrealism – spontaneous creation without reason o Didacticism – Brecht & Epic theatre; intellect > emotions; wants more active audience § Bertolt Brecht – German anti Nazi/Hitler/ Fascism; wants people to think § Alienation Effect – create distance between audience & stage, juxtapose odd elements, placards,wall,k 4 keep lights on in theatre, encourage smoking & eating & discussion, historicized • Verfremdung - Alienation o Absurdism – philosophy, truth unknowable § Post WWII; Existentialism – using will instead of reason to deal w/ problems § Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot § Plays are disjointed, limited cause & effect, devalued language, Aesthetic o Feminism - women o Postmodernism – juxtapose new & old • 3 enduring forms: abstract expressionism, jazz, musicals • Musical Theatre – similar to isms o Combo of operetta, variety shows, burlesque, vaudeville, minstrel o Male dominant, sexist, patriarchicist; started w/ Greeks, everything had music before Realism o Sabilla – metal chips added to shoes to make dance more audible o Book – story of the show, refers to spoken dialogue – Bookwriter has no power, plot is an after thought o Composer – writes music –most powerful & important o Lyricist – writes lyrics o Full Script includes § Libretto –book & lyrics combined § Score – Lyrics & music combined o Medieval Times – traveling Minstrels & roving troupes; religious – liturgical drama; prepare for after life o Renaissance – minstrels reached peak w/ Commedia dell’arte; opera created; Moliere change plays to musical for L XIV o Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein – Oklahoma o Stephen Sondheim- West Side Story Chapter 11 • Ethnic Theatre in America o Form for 5 purposes: Coping, Memory, Protest, Sharing, Assimilation vs. Identity o Native American Theatre – no specific beginning, middle, or end ; Dance, rites, celebrations, spiritual beliefs § Spiderwoman Theatre – “story weaving”; named after Spider Grandmother Woman – taught people to weave • Lisa Mayo, Gloria Miguel, Murial Miguel – theatre free of “grandmother & medicine women” o African American Theatre – began on slave ships § Harlem Renaissance – resulted in numerous theatre companies exploring Af Am life § Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun – landmark of African American productions § George C. Wolfe – satirizes black stereotypes & those who fall into them § August Wilson - Fences o Asian American Theatre § Rogers & Hammerstein – Flower Drum Song – 1 Asian Actors § David Henry Hwang – M. Butterfly • Women’s Theatre o Feminist Theatre – clear social/political agenda meant to challenge & cha nge existing gender dynamics o Hroswitha – 1 known female playwright § German nun, modeled plays on Roman Comedy, Christian themes (especially virtue of chasity) o 1660 England – Restoration - women allowed on stage o Most influential dramas: only 1 in top 10 written by a woman – A Raisin in the Sun o 1980s – women become “dirty” o Paula Vogel How I Learned to Drive ; Feminism – looked at things that disturb & hurt me as a woman • Feminist Movements o Liberal Feminism (1960-now)/2ndwave of Feminism § WWII sparked feminism § Philosophy: women & men have equal rights, equal pay for equal work § National Organization of Women § More women characters/roles for actresses, improved work ethic § Wendy Wasserstein – The Heidi Chronicles o Cultural or Radical Feminism § Philosophy: women & men are different, women are better than men, matriarchal cultures & images § Reject traditional form & prefer cyclical structures, content about experiences unique to women, conciseness raising – collective § WOW Café – women’s space, lesbian theatre § Spiderwoman Theatre – African American rd o Post Modern/3 Wave Feminism (1980s – today) § Philosophy: interested in the interplay between sex (head) & gender (genitals) § Shows how gender is constructed ; Cross dressing, cross gender casting, performance art o Material Feminism • Gay & Lesbian Theatre o Lilliam Hellman – The Children’s Hour – 1 commercial play to explore the possibility of lesbian relationships § LGBT, gender, feminism, golden age, realism o Tony Kushner – Angels in America o Our idea of homosexual did not exist until 1800s; “gay” – 1970s o Charlotte Cushman – American Actress – played Romeo § “Boston Marriages” - 2 lovers lived together • Theatre For Justice o Augusto Boal – Brazilian Director - brought theatre & improve into the society as tools for change § Observers = active spectators (“spect -actors”) • Nonprofit – money from other sources Chapter 12 • Critic –push standards, celebrate the good, degenerate the bad ; influence attendance o Knowledgeable, Demanding, Compassionate • Reviewer – plot summary & opinion, sell newspapers • The Audience – A performs B for C o Audience Reception: Overall production, background, expectations


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