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Theater notes - Feb, 2 & Feb. 4

by: Mikaela Harrison

Theater notes - Feb, 2 & Feb. 4 Thea 1342

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Here are my lecture notes for this past week. I will complete and post the review by tomorrow!
Theatre and Film Appreciation
Natalie Gaupp
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mikaela Harrison on Thursday February 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Thea 1342 at University of Texas at Arlington taught by Natalie Gaupp in Spring 2015. Since its upload, it has received 46 views. For similar materials see Theatre and Film Appreciation in Art at University of Texas at Arlington.


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Date Created: 02/04/16
Ancient Asia Noh Theater  Tried to make its audience feel welcome and not like an outsider when they were at their plays  Used dance and song to communicate a story o Art as a form of someone’s expression  Character’s aesthetics defined what kind of character they are  Used masks  Bean around 6 -7 century  No back ground  only fixed stage lighting  Today over 200+ Noh’s are being performed Shiete (protagonist)  Tsure (supporting actor to the Shiete) o Wear masks (most of the time) Waki (antagonist)  Wakitsure (supporting actor to the Waki) o Can’t wear masks  4 parts of the stage 1. Main stage 2. Side stage 3. Rear stage 4. Bridge passage way  Classically all roles were played by men  Japan’s oldest form of art (650 years old) Kabuki Theater Katha Cali Theater (Indian) Puppetry – 200 BC in ancient china Medieval Times  Did not pay well  maybe gave the actor a few coins but mostly food and shelter  Traveled from village to village (didn’t have a set stage)  Coincided with biblical text  pageant wagons traveled through town and each wagon would tell a story Elizabethan Theater 1500’s/1600’s William Shakespeare  Most characters were played by men/young males  He tried to only have 3 characters MAX that the audience had to interpret as females Golden Spanish Age of Theater Major playwrights of the day  Lope De Vega  Calderon  Cervantes Plays written in this time  Don Quixote Art was expected in this age to reflect the aspect of moral Written around religion Renaissance Theater – England Theaters closed and then re-opened  re-opening was called the “restoration period” (best known for comedy)  The puritans were booted out of power and the protestant reformation came on the scene  Actors began to feel like their job was a career o The evolution of theater as a job began to spark (actors/actresses didn’t have to live job to job  Ben Johnson  Christopher Marlowe France – Neoclassical Theater Run by the Catholics (cardinal Richelieu)  Had to be focused on 1 idea  No span over time period (if it was a 2 hour play, it was basically a 2 hour span of the protagonist’s life)  Tried to keep controversy our of the theaters Molière  Wrote plays  did what he wanted and just apologized and said he wouldn’t do it again and then did whatever he wanted o He actually died in a play when his role was to die at the Comedy Francé Basic terms on review Blocking (on a play) – any action that the director tells the actor to do (ex- slap someone, walk on stage Dialogue – the communicated words/sentences (at least 2 speakers involved) Monologue – long extended speech for 1 character Objective – what do they want in a scene?  why that character exists, we understand the conflict if we know what they want/are fighting for Props – anything an actor/character holds in a play (ex – live kitten, water bottle, part of a costume that is taken off and used is a prop, etc.) Subtext – when someone says 1 thing but we know they mean something else (actions speak louder than words  when the actor makes eye contact w/ another actor and we know what they mean) what the actor really means Thespian – an actor/an artist that is involved in any capacity of theater


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