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UWEC - THEA 125 - Intro to Theater History: Week 13 - Class Notes

School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: postmodernism, modernism, dutchman, cloudnine, commercial, theater, and musical
Name: Intro to Theater History: Week 13
Description: Dutchman, commercial stage 1960's, Cloud Nine, modernism/ postmodernism
Uploaded: 12/04/2018
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background image Intro to Theater History (11/26/2018- 11/30/2018)  dutchman:   - lula's archetype is eve (lula names clay)  - archetype:  ​​recurring character in western literature    
what are the consequences of revolt? 
death  
 
- play about naming, clay names himself when overtaking lula in his monologue    
social and political contexts:  
- civil rights, black power movement (elevates african american culture as resistance)   - us is a climate of violence, 4 major civil rights leaders have been gunned down, televising war 
and death on tv 
 
dutchman is a violent place, there is no redeemed violence 
 
dramatic contexts: 
 
- black arts, black artists did not seek validation from white audiences  - nothing was adjusted for white audiences    
langston hughes: harlem 
- dream deferred:  ​​dream put aside for later (ex: equality, respect)   - dream boogie:  ​​something important, always interrupted   "you think it's a happy beat?"   - clay's monologue, white people can't understand the messages/ coded language black 
artists are using 
 
charlie parker: 
​​music adored by white people, but verbally abused  - wasn't treated fairly  - cognitive dissonance    
circular structure: 
​​conductor comes through train, tips hat at lula   - elements of realism, but absurdist play    
absurdist play:  
- archetypes:  ​​lula, eve, clay's name= metaphor   - circular structure:  ​​no catharsis   - scenic metaphor:  ​​subway is representative of the darkness in america   - distrust of language:  ​​coded language    
 
commercial theatre 
hair: 
​​first musical to use rock band for score  - rock music on broadway   up until this time, scores used full orchestra  - didn't appeal to younger audiences   - changed music  
background image - changed how shows are funded   - filled generation gap   
1967- funding begins off broadway 
bob fosse: choreographer director  
- dance directs the play   
not the first development in dance 
 
george m. cohan: 
​​introduced broadway style dancing   agnes demille:  ​​dance furthers storyline   bob fosse:  ​​choreographer director    
 
cloud nine:  
- not realism    
act 1: 
​​characters suffocate under structures   act 2:  ​​world isn't any better, but characters are free of structures    
setting act 1: 
​​africa, 1800's, victorian family, colonization  - break fourth wall (clive sings to introduce the characters)   - character gender and age do not match the character    
edward: 
​​played by a grown woman   joshua:  ​​played by a white actor  betty:  ​​played by a man   victoria:  ​​played by a doll    
what happens to our world when we do not tend to our children?  
- children are powerless and sexually exploited    
harry is sexually abusing edward 
- only place that edward receives affection from someone  - way edward doesn't understand abuse shows how dire love is in the family   - he only receives love and affection through a transaction  - consequence is that later in life, he doesn't know who he is or what he wants to do   
setting act 2: 
​​london, 1970s, 1st and 2nd wave feminism   - incredibly violent, playing with toy guns, cathy draws and covers her entire picture in black   - violence and darkness within children is unsettling    
catharsis: betty becomes a whole person when betty from act 1 and act 2 embrace  
 
importance of children: 
​​children are the key to change    
monarchy is dependent on heterosexual relationships to colonize 
 

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School: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Department: Theatre
Course: Intro Theatre-History
Professor: Jennifer Chapman
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: postmodernism, modernism, dutchman, cloudnine, commercial, theater, and musical
Name: Intro to Theater History: Week 13
Description: Dutchman, commercial stage 1960's, Cloud Nine, modernism/ postmodernism
Uploaded: 12/04/2018
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