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Intro to Theatre, Week 4 Notes

by: Rebecca Smith

Intro to Theatre, Week 4 Notes CO 1503

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These notes cover Roman Theatre
Intro to Theatre
William Stockstill
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rebecca Smith on Tuesday February 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CO 1503 at Mississippi State University taught by William Stockstill in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Intro to Theatre in Communication at Mississippi State University.

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Date Created: 02/23/16
Intro to Theatre Roman Theatre  753 BCE- Rome founded  509 BCE- Roman Republic founded  Interaction between Rome and Greece Rome, not Greece  Roman empire was larger and more organized than Grecian city-states  Rome did more conquering and so they had more citizens and larger population  Romans believed in experiencing all the fruits of life so they liked to party  Much of the architecture and art of Greece was translated and copied by Roman culture  The common people of Rome were a large mass of the population  New types of entertainment were in demand o Elaborate spectacle o Thrill shows  Performances included o Nudity o Sex o Violence o Bloodshed  Naumachiae o Sea battles o Flood coliseum to stage o Sealed coliseum o Aqueducts brought in water  Venationes o Wild animal fights o Animal vs animal o Animal vs man Ludi Romani  Ludi- state sponsored religious festivals  Ludi Romani given in honor to Jupiter each September th  Established in 6 century o 364 BCE- performances began o 240 BCE- comedy and tragedy incorporated to worship gods Genres of Roman Drama  Fabula- story of tale, modern fable o Fabula Atellana  Atellan farce o Fabula crepidate  Tragedy adapted from Greece o Fabula palliate  Comedy adapted from Greece o Fabula praetexta  Original Roman drama o Fabula Rhinthonica  Merry tragedy o Mime o Tragedy o Comedy Roman comedy  What we know of comedy from the plays of Platus  Farce o A zany comedy with lots of running and miscommunication  Humor o Dramatic irony  Romans wanted to escape reality and live in the moment  Eliminated chorus  Featured musical accompaniment under the dialogue  All the action takes place on the streets  Set is house fronts  Eavesdropping is common and causes many complications  Action is continuous and happening in real time  Situational comedy is comedy of character  Stock characters o Character stereotypes o Roman examples  Young lovers  The pimp  Annoying warrior/prick  Courtesan  Old man  Free loafer  Cunning and tricky slave Roman Tragedy  Adapted from Greek originals o Didn’t stray from the original o Emphasized the effects of the characters’ actions  Seneca o Only playwright we have tragedies from o Tutor to emperors  Greek tragedy o Violence/action not on stage o Told effects of action  Roman tragedy o Violence/action happens on stage o Showed effects of actions Senecan Tragedy  Roman Revenge Tragedy o Shaped Shakespearean and modern tragedy  Characteristics/ developments o Divided into 5 episodes (acts) o Elaborate speeches to audience to explain why o Interest in morality, reflection through sensational deeds that illustrate the evils of unrestrained emotions o Featured graphic violence and horror on stage o Concentrated on magic, and the world of death and life o Characters have one obsessive drive, displayed in an extreme manner  Thyestes and Atreus o Become obsessed with revenge o Feels like gods o Has power to decide who lives and dies o Known as Death god Roman mime  Mimi was a large umbrella that labeled performances  Ludi Florales o Honor one of the fertility goddesses  Extremely popular with the common folk  Nudity and dirty  Small stories  Spectacle was often included  Dealt with some aspect of everyday life o Domestic and satirical  Some performance take in extreme  Reflected the taste of the period o Beatings o Deaths o Violence and sex


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