Theatre Appreciation, Week 1 Notes
Theatre Appreciation, Week 1 Notes THTR 1003
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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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