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What is the rejection of realism?

What is the rejection of realism?


School: Auburn University
Department: Theatre
Professor: Jean butler
Term: Fall 2016
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Theatre Unit 2

What is the rejection of realism?

Theater for a social change

∙ Goals: (Multiple choice effect )

o Raise consciousness 

o Inspire action 

o Bring change 

o Often breaks the fourth wall  

 The space that separates audience from actors 

∙ Addresses CONTEMPORARY issues

o Often based on true stories and interviews 

o Contemporary changes due to audience 

∙ Bretons 

o Abrupt transition

o Key scenes cut

o Spoilers

o Lights on audience 

∙ The Alienation effect (know how to spell) 

o Keeps audience from getting lost in the story so they think critically not  emotionally 

Where does expressionism started?

∙ Juxtaposed conflicting ideas Don't forget about the age old question of What is the importance of tourism?

o Ideas and styles  putting things together that don’t belong 

Traditional Roles:

1. Playwright writes

2. Director casts/ directs

3. Designers focus on their areas only

4. Actors perform

5. Audience watches passively beyond the 4th wall 

The Avant­Garde

∙ “The only theatre worth saving.. is a theatre motion picture cannot touch” ­Robert Jones

The death of Theatre

∙ By the early 1900s

∙ Realism 

∙ 10,000 Nickelodeon movies theatre in U. S. We also discuss several other topics like Are bacteriostasis and bacteriocide the same?

∙ 1,400 legitimate” theatre stages were converted to movies houses

What is the four word phrase associated with setup?

∙ Touring theatre dropped from 300 to 10 

∙ Vodvil theatres was killed (Las Vegas is where are the vodvil people go)

The rejection of realism 

∙ The avant­ grade was born

∙ French for “advance guard” in military sense ­ first to go into battle 

∙ Pioneers in the arts

∙ The advance guard in the arts that push the envelope  

∙ Rejections 

o The limits of traditional theatre were rejected 

o Social norms were rejected (especially in theatre)

  Cinema primarily focused on commercial 

o The Proscenium arch was rejected

o Non­traditional spaces used (anywhere ) If you want to learn more check out What is the function of the factors influencing the rate of adoption?

o A variety of avant­garde styles emerged

Avant­ garde styles

∙ Expressionism 

o Started in Germany

o A reaction to French Impressionism 

 Unlike Impressionism it is not what appears to the eye but what is  happening externally 

o Not what appears to the eye 

o Internal state of character

o Forced perspective

 Doctor strange, and Chicago is a good example today 

 Horror uses a lot of expressionism Coraline 

o Ex. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 

∙ Surrealism 

o Dream like

o Often violent

o Unstructured

o Expresses unconscious mind

o Antagonizing to audience

o Ex. Un Chien Andalou 

∙ Absurdism 

o Influenced the horrors of WWI

o Existence is futile 

o Communication impossible­ very repetitious 

The Hero's Journey

• monolith 

• The Hero

• The Herald

• The Mentor

• The Threshold Guardians 

• The Trickster

• The Shape­shifter

• The Shadow

The 3 Act Structure

 Symmetry = balance

• (Look at three act structure chart) We also discuss several other topics like What are the crime rates by gender?

Act 1 

∙ First 25% of the story

∙ The ordinary world

o The ordinary world to our protagonist and from their point of view If you want to learn more check out What are the forms of a business entity?


∙ First 10% of the story

∙ The inciting incident (however the main character might not know until after it happens ) ∙ What is the four word phrase associated with setup? 

o “As it has been”

∙ Get to know the hero

o So we actually care

o We want to see an acre not a flat line (Superman is a static character) ∙ Stasis=death 

o No progress 

The Inciting Incident

∙ At the first 10% turning point 1

∙ Opportunity? or a bad event 

∙ The story begins

The New Situation

∙ This part of the film is called the debate 

∙ 2nd part of Act 1 

∙ From 10%­25%. 

∙ The character goes on an adventure

o Many heros resist the adventure

o We can relate 

Act 2

∙ The extraordinary world

∙ 25% turning point #2

∙ Break into Act 2 

The Big Turn We also discuss several other topics like How is a policy made?

∙ Hero commits to adventure 

∙ Drives rest of the plot 

∙ We sometimes get the title of the film during this point 


∙ 1st half of act 2 

∙ From 25%­50%

∙ Rising action (hero can overcome or delay obstacles)


∙ At 50%

∙ Point of no return

∙ Often a whiff of death

Bad guys close in 

∙ 2nd half of act 2

∙ From 50%­75% 

∙ Greater obstacles and complication

∙ Hero can no longer overcome or delay all obstacles

∙ What are the stages of the three act structure where bad guys close in? Our hero has  greater obstacles and complications  

Ticking clock

∙ A device used to create tension of suspense

∙ Major stakes 

∙ From 50­75%

All is lost

∙ 75% point 

∙ Turning point #4

∙ Apparent defeat 

∙ Another whiff of death

∙ Where mentors go to die (obi­wan dies) 

The Darkest hour

∙ Then self pity and confusion 

∙ Usually alone

∙ Staring vacantly…

o On a bus, subway, limo, taxi, rain, darkness, staring at a tv, computer, theater,  sitting on a park bench 

o Need times to process 

False Victory 

∙ If not all is lost then a false victory 

Act 3

Final push

∙ 75% to 90%

∙ Recommit to goal or change goal 

Ticking Clock 2

∙ The race to the airport  

Dispatch Villains

∙ From least to greatest 


∙ The main villain is the shadow 

∙ Usually a series of events

∙ Pow, pow, pow

∙ Defeats the shadow

∙ With a synthesized knowledge of OLD and NEW

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