THEA 1331 Week 2 Notes
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Date Created: 02/09/15
Dramatic Structure Foundation Walls Rooftop Play a plan or quotblueprintquot for an entire theatrical production Typically contains dialogue words spoken by the characters stage directions written descriptions of physical or emotional action of physical appearance Aristole came up with 6 elements of a wellmade play which creates a special world on the stage 1 Plot the organization of the action of a play or the arrangement of the incidents we see onstage Provides unity or beginning middle and an end Linear Plot the events of the drama progress through time Causal Plot causetoeffect something happens in one event results to the next CliffHanger stops at the climax the outcome of the con ict is not shown Fashback a variation on linear structure occasional scenes may dramatize events that occur before the point of attack Plays can also follow both a linear and a causal structure Con ict two or more characters want the same thing or different Can embody a larger issue such as good evil right and wrong a Man vs Man b Man vs Nature c Man vs Himself ex Hamlet d Man vs Society Freytag39s Triangle 1 ExpositionPrologue information that sets the scene is not entirely necessary 2 Point of attackinciting incident the con ict is introduced protagonist takes their rst action against the con ict audience learns of the uneasy balance of forces sets off the major con ict of forces 3 Rising ActionComplication Units of action that are dramatized in a play that builds emotional intensity stakes become higher for the characters characters pursue their own objectives and encounter obstacles audience empathy becomes stronger 4 CrisisClimax the moment in the play when the con ict is addressed protagonist either succeeds or fails but the con ict remains unsolved point of the most tension 5 Falling Action or Denouement All loose ends of the plot are tied up con ict and climax are taken care of resolutions must be inferred 6 ConclusionEpilogue The play ends We are left with some information on what may have happened next Subpots different con icts are developed independently Discovery when something important is found revealed or realized during the action of a play concrete or abstract Reversal When what seems like a logical line of action veers around to the opposite Deux EX Machina invented by Greeks ends the play with a separate small act to solve an impossible dilemma 1 Characters has their own personality age belief appearance language socio economic background How does the character change Protagonist is the central character of the play Character info is presented through What characters say about themselves What others say about them What the character actually does is the most important way of de ning character 1 Thoughttheme the abstract issues and feelings that grow out of the dramatic action compared to plot which is what happens during the play Story a point to point account of an action or event Pot dramatic arrangement of the events of a story Theme is kind of the moralwhat the audience should take away from the play What messages about the nature of life or the quotuniversal human conditionquot are contained in it How does the play spur our own thought processes and understanding Language the word choices made by the playwright and the enunciation by the actors of the language Plays may be written in verse poetrywords in their best order or prose words in their best order similar to everyday speech Monologue character speaks for an extended period of time Solioquy character is on stage by himself and talks out loud Aside a brief remark by a character to audience Figurative Language Metaphor a comparison between two unlike objects such as America is a melting pot Simie a comparison between two unlike things using quotlikequot or quotasquot Hyperboe exaggeration overstatement quotI will literally diequot Music encompasses the rhythm of dialogue but it also creates patterns and tempo in theatre Music can be used to push the plot forward and move the story to a higher level of intensity Spectacle everything visual on stage such as scenery costumes props lighting actor physicalityswordfights
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