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LAST WEEK OF CLASSES!! THTR 1020 with Colleen King NOTES
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Date Created: 04/30/16
THTR 1020 KING WEEK 12 NOTES Monday, 4/25: In class – Discuss Vieux Carre + Post-human Culture  VIEUX CARRE  Fola’s performance in Vera Stark and Vieux Carre  She’s playing the same role – not cool  Two older ladies  Brought comic relief  Also very sad characters  The writer/narrator are having regrets  They have bittersweet moments of not being able to help the other people in the house  Jane and Ty drama  Believable realistic drama  Big red light / strobe lights  Lady singing Jazz music throughout  Set itself  So much stairs and landings that heightened the anxiety  The release/comedy was so needed  Length of play  Drifting attentions problem  2ndact seems so much longer but it is st actually timely shorter than the 1  1 act was timely longer but went by quicker  into the woods affect  You go out in intermission and you think the play is over  You feel the play is over and has ended after act one  Almost a serial / episodic structure  Enough like a typical drama that we found it with too many plots  Jane was in an abusive relationship & suffering from cancer  Writer is struggling with his identity  Old ladies struggling with anorexia  Landlady (Mrs. Wire) struggling with loneliness and Alzheimer’s and old age  Lance is struggling with TB and loneliness  Tennessee Williams always has a ghostly figure in his plays  Ghost character of the grandma is like losing people you’ve lost and finding them in others  Searching for people you have lost  Mrs. Wire is both the landlady and the ghost woven into one character  The fan not in the first act on  It is winter in the first act  Mrs. Wire destroys everyone’s ability to be with each other  Because this is how she feels about life  She’s lost everyone that was dear to her  She is ghostly in her attempt to affix that companionship to other people  Mrs. Wire sleepwalks into writer’s room  Calls him Timmy – her son’s name  She needs companionship and so do people in general  It shows her soft side and her losses and her mental capacity  She was declared an unfit mother for her son  Mothers being declared unfit for mental illness in this time is huge  These conflicts in this play because they’re so dramatic and real…  They make you want to just go HELP them  I left so, so sad  Also it makes you frustrated b/c you hated Ty  This play, more than anything we’ve seen, is an empathy machine  Everything it happens, the way it is staged, is supposed to work on that frustration in you to help people and resolve their issues  You leave with frustration and sadness and you leave wanting to make contact with another person  You don’t leave just pacified, you leave with a sense of the lack of resolution and these real feelings of sympathy and empathy for these people  POSTHUMAN CULTURE o UNCERTAIN FUTURES, UNCERTAIN HUMANITY  SELFIES AS DIGITAL PERFORMANCE  New media, social media often called performance-face  What is meant by new media?  Smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets, the internet, being able to connect online  Why is new media a problem in the theater?  Audience members and actors have to turn off their cell phones or they will go off o One may feel disconnected o It is a policing / a disciplinary act ▯ ▯ ▯ Wednesday 4/27: Post-human culture cont.  2min Free Write o I present an accurate face on social media of myself. I’m honest. I don’t try to make my life look perfect, frilly, or without any issues. I also do not put all my issues on social media like some of the crazies do on Facebook. My pictures are daily things but also daily, important things. They are with people who mean a lot to me. For example, if I’m at my favorite coffee shop with a good friend, I’ll post about that because it is something dear to me. I feel that the way social media depicts my life is accurate and healthy. It’s not unhealthy as in I either show only the most fabulous parts of my life or show the worst, most horrible parts of my life.  SOCIAL MEDIA AS A THEATRE SPACE o New performance platforms:  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest o Digital performance  A performance in which [mostly computer] technology provides an essential or original narrative element o Posthuman  Idea that a person can exist in a state beyond the human  We are not one person, but can take on many identities, or at least represent them  BENJAMIN VS. BARTHES o Benjamin  “Even the most perfect reproduction… is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space.”  Duplication shows false nature of a photograph o Barthes  “Every photography is a certificate of presence.”  Ability to re-produce a photograph can demonstrate the existence of something/someone  THE PROBLEM OF LIVENESS o Theatre and performing arts  Direct exchange:  Something is presented and can be observed in the moment  Human, alive  Not easily re-created or duplicated  Old? o Visual technology and digital performance  Mediatized exchange:  What is presented has been…  Manipulated  Filtered  Enhanced  Post-human, unreal  Easily re-created and duplicated  New? Or just a new version of the old?  PERFORMANCE OF SELF o Erving Goffman  A sociologist who used the metaphor of theatre to describe human interaction o Presentation of Self in Everyday Life  Every person actively attempts to control how others perceive him in daily life o We are all actors on the stage o The self is a constant performance o Selfies  How big is your audience?  IDEOLOGY o Liveness  Is theatre necessarily alive?  Can photos live?  Are photos more alive than people in this “new” world? o Authenticity  Is being post-human now a part of being human?’  How do we perform ourselves?  What will happen to the actor/audience divide? ▯ ▯ ▯ Friday 4/29: Final review guide [O N L Y in class] presented and wrapping up the semester. ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Vera Stark/Vieux Carre document posted by Wednesday 5/4 at 11:59PM.  Combine already finished notes with what is done in Friday’s class ▯ Final exam - open notes Moodle exam open from Monday 5/2 (9:00AM) through Saturday 5/7 (11:59PM).


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