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THE 2000 Lecture 1 Notes

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Intro to Theater for Non-majors
Dr Osborne
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Date Created: 01/15/16
Lecture 1: Welcome and Intro Video Why is theater important? • Helping audiences and readers to experience a position other than their own • Develop empathy for others who are different • Teaches people to embrace their identities and express themselves • Offers a mirror of culture • Has the potential for education and social change • Helps us think critically and collaboratively o Provides out of the box solutions • Build alliances across countries/cultures/societies What is theater? Important Questions: 1. How would you define theater at this moment? 2. How do theater professionals and scholars define theater? 3. What makes theater unique? 4. How do audience members negotiate the theatrical event? 5. How does theater function in society? Question 1: How would you define theater at this moment? • Theater: a form of art using words or actions o A way for individuals to express themselves o Drama that takes place on stage o Experiencing what it is like to be another person and in another world o Story telling with sparkle Question 2: How do theater professionals and scholars define theater? • Aristotle: original theater scholar, took theater apart o His seminal text was “Poetics” § It is still used as a starting point for studying western theater o Poetics: a scientific approach to dissecting theater § Talked about how people go from telling a story to acting a story § Concluded that all human beings have a mimetic impulse § Mimetic impulse: a desire to imitate • All humans have an innate desire to imitate What must be present for theater to exist? • Actor/performer, audience, space, action, text/arrangement • Text/arrangement: o Theatrical event must have some sort of overall plan, such as a script or outline, that has a designed ending • Action: o Actor/audience relationship o Communal, ever-changing experience Drama vs. Theater • Drama o Thinks more about the text o Reading experience o Personal/ individual o Fixed: there is no change • Theater o Whole production: text+ acting+ audience o Sensory experience, (all senses are used) o Communal o Interpretive o Ever-changing Question 3: What makes theater unique? • Ephemeral: ever-changing, short lived • Collaborative art form: involves people backstage • Hybrid art form: includes music, sounds, colors o Gesamtkunstwerk: complete/total work of art Question 4: How do audience members negotiate the theatrical event? • Theatrical conventions (rules of the game) o Mutual agreement about what words, gestures, images and actions mean o These reinforce the internal logic of the play § Ex. Male actors playing female roles when females could not perform in theater • Willing suspension of disbelief: o Audience agrees not to disbelief what they see onstage while in the theater • Aesthetic distance o Allows audiences to separate themselves from the events onstage and to recognize that these events are not part of their reality • Theater is the sum of a set of choices: o What choices are made? o How well do they work? o Is there a unified meaning? Question 4: How does theater function in society? • Entertainment • Educational • Cultural awareness


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