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Expressionism and Epic Theatre and New Stagecraft

by: Julia Caine

Expressionism and Epic Theatre and New Stagecraft THEA-UT 510

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This covers the modern theatre in terms of expressionism, with a part about new set designs of the time. (P.S. sorry if these notes seem shorter than normal, lecture ended very early)
Introduction to Theatre Production
Edward Ziter
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Julia Caine on Monday April 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THEA-UT 510 at New York University taught by Edward Ziter in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Theatre Production in Theatre at New York University.


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Date Created: 04/25/16
Expressionism and Epic Theatre Key Terms  Otto Reigbert- Expressionist set designer  Erwin Piscator- Produced many expressionist plays  George Grosz- Expressionist set designer; worked with Piscator  Casper Neher- Expressionist set designer’ worked with Brecht  Bertolt Brecht- Expressionist playwright  Ted Otto Class Notes  Crisis model of modernism o Horror of early 20 century  Led to rejection of past customs  Expressionism is rejection of art and beauty o First used in 1901 to describe artists like Van Gogh  Realism cannot capture horror and corruption of modern age  Expressionism in theatre o Common elements in plays  Stage space is projection of subjective reality of characters  Rejected linear structures of past plays  Composed of little episodes  Unrealistic set design  Sharp, angular, contrasting  Unnatural o Acting style broke with idea of real  Rejection of naturalism  Piscator o Produced expressionist plays  Huge influence on Brecht o Grosz did some scenic design  Good Solider Schwiek  Lots of projections o Delivered different message through background  Brecht o Used gestures that comment on itself  Delivers opposite meaning o Environment is economic logic that structures our lives  Setting becomes driving force of play o Borrowed from Victor Shklovsky  Erase the habitual to fully experience objects  Looked at artfulness s of object rather than the object itself o Brecht used to raise social issues New Stagecraft Key Terms  Robert Edmund Jones- Modern set designer  Norman Bel Geddes- Modern set designer  Jo Mielziner- Modern set designer  Mordecai Gorelik- Modern symbolic set designer Class Notes  Jones inspired by Edward Gordon Craig o Nonrealistic set designer  Geometric shapes o Designed for Eugene O’Neil  Geddes o Sketches of Divine Comedy in 1921 o Designed The Miracle for Max Reinhardt in 1924  Mielziner o Designed Death of a Salesman 1942 o Streetcar Named Desire o Wanted to strip away what’s unnecessary  Gorelik o Designed Thunder Rock 1939 o Symbolic designer


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