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Baylor University - THEA 1206 - Class Notes - Week 3

School: Baylor University
Department: Theatre
Course: Theater Appreciation
Professor: Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: forms, Of, Plays, and acting
Name: Theatre Appreciation Week 3
Description: These notes cover week 3
Uploaded: 02/03/2019
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background image Theatre Appreciation Week 3
Forms of plays:
1) Tragedy Ancient Greek theatre festivals – “comedy” and “tragedy” were divisions Only 33 tragedies by 3 playwrights still exist: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides Only 11 comedies by one playwright still exist Traditional tragedy: ­ Tragedy = the purgation of pity and fear according to Aristotle = Catharsis (releasing of  all in you to level you out; let go of all emotions) in audience ­ Comes from Greek tragoidia = “The Goat Song”
­ Tragedy has a tragic hero, or protagonist, who possesses:
o Hubris, or “excess of good” o Hamartia, or “tragic flaw” o High status in society ­ The antagonist in tragedy is larger than life – gods, ghost, fate
­ The language is elevated and typically in verse (poetry)
Modern tragedy: ­ Still explores the tragic view of like – the human struggles with the inevitability of our  fate – in the tragic form, but more concerned with journey ­ About ordinary/common people with smaller dreams who act through impulse, rather that hubris 2) Comedy Comes from Greek komoidia – “revel song”
Explores the comic view of life – humanity will inevitably renew itself
Comedy exists in a “protected world”, which: o Often has an absence of serious pain o Has energy and physicality o A happy/hopeful ending o Not necessarily uproariously funny Types of comedies:
Idea – considered “highest” form of comedy; derived from wrestling with serious questions in 
life through in life through the medium of comedy Character – derived from a persona invented by a performer; often from stereotypes Manners – derived from witty satire of social/class behavior 1
background image Situation – derived from the absurdity of the situation Farce – also known as “low comedy”; very broad comedy with double enterers,  misunderstandings, deceptions, and in general very contrived and ridiculous situations Dark comedy: ­ Comedy from the darkness of life ­ Human existence is ironic, and suffering is absurd
­ Also known as “gallows humor”
Cringe comedy: ­ Comedy of embarrassment; humor from inappropriate actions or words Schadenfreude: ­ German. “arm­joy”; pleasure derived from the misfortunes or pain of others 3) Tragicomedy Tragedy + comedy = tragicomedy
Serious play with a happy ending or tragic play with comic elements
4) Melodrama Stock characters (characters based on a set of personality traits or stereotype) Exaggerates plot and character in order to appeal to the emotions – suffering of the good at the 
hands of the evil
“Polar moralization” – the good guys are GOOD; the bad guys are BAD; and there’s not much  else in between Sensational; pathos; stereotypes/stock characters; spectacle
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Representational – crafted to look and function just as it would in the “real world” Presentational – not meant to resemble the “everyday” Stylized, abstracted, or suggestive Representational = realistic; RE – AL
Presentational = non­realistic; PRE – TEND
The Actor What do actors do? Train (college; acting programs/classes) 2

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School: Baylor University
Department: Theatre
Course: Theater Appreciation
Professor: Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: forms, Of, Plays, and acting
Name: Theatre Appreciation Week 3
Description: These notes cover week 3
Uploaded: 02/03/2019
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