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background image Theatre Appreciation Notes Week 4 Actor’s Tools:
Voice
­ Projection ­ Articulation
­ Vocal range
­ Characterization  Body
Nonverbal communication is most communicative when done well
­ Posture
­ Movement
­ Characterization Most obvious when it is distracting Mind ­ Analysis
­ Creativity/Imagination
­ Interpretation
­ Synergy
o From the mind to the body and voice o Special performance Guru­Based acting ­ Primarily associated with 20 th  century realism ­ Constantin Stanislavsky – “system” encouraged equal parts mind/body o Censored by Soviets o Exported by Americans – the Group theatre, who mistook him ­ Stella Adeler – imagination based
­ Lee Strasberg – emotional memory; turns into the “method”; usually privileges the mind 
over the body Actors to remember that went out of their way to get into character…
Shia LaBeouf
Christian Bale Problematic acting:
Technology (actors are worries they will be replaced by robots)
Race (fewer opportunities for actors of color; stereotypes; subservient roles; fewer stories)
Gender/sexism (fewer opportunities; stereotypes; roles related to romance; #METOO)
The Playwright Every play throughout the history of theatre started out as a “new play” 1
background image Playwright (as in, craftsperson), not “playwrite” not “playright” nor “playrite”
It is actually putting pen to paper is playwriting
What the playwright does… ­ Builds a story from an image or character or idea ­ Renders the blueprints for new worlds
­ Decides who characters are and writes dialogue
­ Creates a whole script for interpretation
­ Rewrites as needed
Reasons to write a play… ­ Representation of history or heritage
­ Provide commentary on social/political issues
­ Give voice to unheard stories
­ Explore a different way of living
­ Portray the human condition
­ Create a work of art
­ Provide entertainment Amusement Inspiration Entertainment >>>>>>>>>>  Efficacy
Empathy
Aesthetic Distance History of the poet/playwright… ­ Classical period – playwriting as contest
­ Medieval period – playwriting as civic duty
­ Renaissance – playwriting as entertainment Elizabethan England:
Ben Jonson – coined term “playwright” as an insult; described himself as a “poet”
Playwrights playing to a tricky audience – Court and commoners like As a playwright, you were the guardian of your play until it was sold to a company, but no  protection of creative property Paid in increments during writing; if it reached performance, paid for one day’s performance Stays this way until the late 19 th  century in most of the Western world Copyright laws
1791 – French National Assembly passes the first law for royalties
Royalty – fee for each performance
1886 – First International Copyright agreement
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School: Baylor University
Department: Theatre
Course: Theater Appreciation
Professor: Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: Plays and playwright
Name: Theatre Appreciation Notes Week 4
Description: These notes cover week 4
Uploaded: 02/07/2019
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