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UWEC - THEA 125 - Class Notes - Week 10

School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: endgame, musical, theater, federalfunding, and greatdepression
Name: Intro to Theater History: Week 10
Description: musical theater, great depression, federal funding, oklahoma, antirealism, theater of the absurd, endgame
Uploaded: 11/10/2018
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background image Intro to Theater History (11/05/2018-11/09/2018)    endgame:  ​​when you know the outcome of a game, but you keep playing anyways  - chess, life, etc   - continued engagement, despite knowing the outcome    
endgame of life is death 
- why do we keep striving to exist when we know we will all die in the end?   
existentialism: 
​​everything happening now matters   - there will be no later    
 
  aristotelian   absurdist   plot  linear, events are linked   non-linear, incomplete   character   intact, specific  fragmented, generic  thought  logical, appropriate   illogical, random   verbal expression  beautiful, whole  words are insufficient   visual adornment   appropriate   metaphorical   song/ music  instrumentation, chorus  sound and silence       pirandello questions identity and conflicts with identity   - in six characters, actors shift identities, but the characters never change   - art lives on   
cognitive dissonance 
- your self may differ depending on setting  - who is your true self?   
the truth itself is fragmented  
- how do we perform the truth if the truth itself is fake?   
musical theater is not always a commercial artform, it was also federally funded 
- 1920s/30s: broadway music was disassociated with the stage   - light hearted comedy  not yet musical theater    
music and jazz standards emerge  
 
the book musical (CHANGEMAKER)  
- Showboat ( ​​based on a published novel)   - first musical drama, introduced politics to the stage 
background image - first time african americans are on stage without blackface   "STEP ONE" TO CHANGE: reflects that social and political politics can be on stage  
 
1929: great depression 
 
- president puts americans back to work with federal dollars   WPA:  ​​has a theater unit (people in the most dire situations are artists)    
Federal Theater Project/ Movement: 
​​wpa theater movement   - non commercial (federally funded)  - heavily regulated (since it is federally funded)   - children's theatre unit toured nationally, very popular    
childrens unit: 
- pinocchio: day this show is in production, day congress dropped funding for the theater 
district  
- instead of ending with birthday party scene, there is a gunshot   - pinocchio is dead "who killed him?" read names of congressmen who voted down funding    
the cradle will rock: 
​​"musical"   - labor unions organizing   - RESISTANCE   - story is somehow leaked to congress members   - union forbid the musical from being performed on stage by putting a lock on the theater door the 
night it was supposed to premiere  
- director and composer find a new stage, composer plays on stage, actors stand and 
perform their songs in the audience  
 
 
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MAKE AMERICAN ART? 
HOW DO WE HAVE AN ARTFORM WE CAN CALL SINGULARLY AMERICAN? 
 
federal theater ends, return to profit bearing theater  
 
oklahoma! introduces choreography, changes how we tell the narrative  
- sing dialogue of narrative, "musical"   - choreographers collaborate with directors ( AGNES DE MILLE)     during musial emergence in america, europe experiments with anti-realism  
 
endgame: absurdist play  
 
samuel beckett lived in paris during world war ii when the nazis invade (
dire situation​​)   - difficult man, depressed alcoholic  - beckett's work reflects his experience during this time   - audience experiences what the characters are, feel something before they even think 
about what is happening  
- characters wait for death, so does the audience    

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School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: endgame, musical, theater, federalfunding, and greatdepression
Name: Intro to Theater History: Week 10
Description: musical theater, great depression, federal funding, oklahoma, antirealism, theater of the absurd, endgame
Uploaded: 11/10/2018
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