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Theatre Appreciation, Week 1 Notes

by: Lexie Barclay

Theatre Appreciation, Week 1 Notes THTR 1003

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These notes cover the first couple of lectures given in class
Basic Course in the Arts: Theatre Appreciation 
Jenny McKnight
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lexie Barclay on Thursday August 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THTR 1003 at University of Arkansas taught by Jenny McKnight in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 265 views. For similar materials see Basic Course in the Arts: Theatre Appreciation  in Theatre at University of Arkansas.


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Date Created: 08/04/16
Theatre Appreciation Notes  August 26, 2016    Main Idea: Studying theatre can illuminate nearly all other disciplines.    1. Psychology  a. What makes the character tick?  b. How does the character change throughout the course of the play’s action  c. Does playwright promote a point of view about the characters’ psychological  state?  d. What does actor do to show his psychological state?  e. EX: Psychology of Macbeth: power­hungry, ambitious­­to track the downfall of  macbeth and kingdom, actors & directors must make decisions about their “what  motivates their character”  2. Philosophy  a. What does the play say about human existence?  b. Does the play challenge or redefine reality?  c. What kinds of values do the characters espouse?  d. Does the play make rational arguments for why humans do the things they do?  e. EX: the philosophy of Waiting for Godot  i. “Existential” ­belief system(?) nothing really matters anyway, we’re all  born and going to die  3. History  a. What is the historical context?  b. When/what was happening at that time in history?  c. Based on actual events?  d. On an actual person?  e. How closely do we adhere to the facts?  f. EX: A Raisin in the Sun  i. Based on actual events: family evicted from home sues evictors bc of  racial motivation and win battle in court  g. Do we have the RIGHT to take someone’s story and embellish is?  h. Can a play alter history?  4. Math, Science and Technology  a. Can shed light on scientific concepts making them more relatable/easier to  understand  5. Law  6. Business  a. EX: All My Sons  7. Social Behaviors and Empathy  a. Novel ​Curious Incident  ​ turned to play “Fun Home” 


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