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Penn State - THEA 100 - Class Notes - Week 10

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Penn State - THEA 100 - Class Notes - Week 10

School: Pennsylvania State University
Department: Theatre
Course: The Art of the Theatre
Professor: Richard Roland
Term: Spring 2017
Tags: theatre
Name: THEA 100, Week 10 Notes
Description: Cover class discussion of: The Three Sisters 19th Century Realism Vs. Naturalism ("Miss Julie") 20th Century Realisms ("All My Sons")
Uploaded: 10/30/2017
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background image Characters in The Three Sisters Irina, Olga, and Masha o Plot: Not much of a build up and fall o The Prozorov Family Olga Sergeyevna  (Lives in the past) School teacher Maria Sergeyevna  (Masha) (Lives in the  present) Hates her husband (Kulygin) o Kulygin is optimistic and preppy, but  SUPER shallow o Has no idea that Masha hates him,  loves to conjugate verbs Masha is a pianist, who has an affair Irina Sergeyevna  (lives in the future) She is looking to the future Feels like she’s just starting her life Andrei Sergeyevich    His wife has an affair Who is in the play? o Fyodor Ilyich Kulygin (Kulygin) o Natalia Ivanova (Natasha) Orchestrates everything for her own good Puppet-master  Super evil, “mean girl” Wears a silly green belt, never dresses 
appropriately
o Ferapont (old and deaf) o Anfisa (Family’s nanny) The Soldiers o Lt. Col Aleksandr Ignatyevich o Staff Capt. Vassily Vasilyevich o Lt. & Baron Nokolai Lvovich (Tusenbach) o Capt. / Dr. Ivan Romanovich (Tchebitkyan)
background image Henry and Mariah played Masha and Vershinin Realism vs. Naturalism Realism o The artists and thinkers of the realist movement 
were/are interested in seeing behavior portrayed 
onstage as it actually exists offstage
The Look The scenery costumes and properties in 
realistic dramas do try to stay true to 
historical period
^^^NOT WHAT MAKES THE DRAMA 
REALISTIC
It is worth noting that the box set develops
with the advent of the realistic drama
o A room with three walls situated 
behind the arch or a proscenium 
theatre
The sound Much more reliable indicator of a play’s 
“realism”
Dialogue includes pauses, incomplete 
thoughts, non-verbal signals, and informal 
sentence structure
Anton Chekhov was a pioneer of realistic 
playwriting
Revolutionary new ideas During the second half of the nineteenth 
century revolutionary new ideas in science
and philosophy began to transform the 
world in drastic and fundamental ways
Darwin’s Theories Humans, like other animals, are not 
separate from nature.
background image Heredity and environment are primary 
causes for everything that humans are 
and do
People cannot be held fully responsible for
their actions since heredity and 
environment cannot be fully 
Naturalism Realistic Drama + Darwinism In a naturalist drama, the environment is 
always a dominant character in the play
Cannot be responsible for what they do 
because heredity and environment 
overwhelm them
“Miss Julie” acted out by Denzel and Julia o The scene: Servant + Julie like one 
another, servant tries to discourage 
Miss Julie from going after him
o Characters are stopping themselves 
from doing things because of “losing 
their job” “it will be wrong” etc.
Naturalists feel as though realists are 
using too many theatrical conventions, 
they would use real props and make the 
environment extremely realistic
Distinguishing factor of realism is that the 
heredity and environment CAUSE the plot 
points to happen
20 th  C. Realism Scene for today: All My Sons Realism: argues truth through direct observation by 5 
senses
Naturalism: critiques realism from not being realistic 
enough. Concerned with theatrical effectiveness

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School: Pennsylvania State University
Department: Theatre
Course: The Art of the Theatre
Professor: Richard Roland
Term: Spring 2017
Tags: theatre
Name: THEA 100, Week 10 Notes
Description: Cover class discussion of: The Three Sisters 19th Century Realism Vs. Naturalism ("Miss Julie") 20th Century Realisms ("All My Sons")
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