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Notes from August 29, 2016
Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed
Dr. Frank Miller
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Consuela Horton on Tuesday September 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Pers 2001 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Frank Miller in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed in Perspectives in the Creative Arts at Georgia State University.

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Date Created: 09/20/16
Monday, August 29, 2016 How to Read a Play Stage Directions • Usually set off in italics, parenthesis or both Early plays had very few • • They were a 19th Century development - Particularly coincided with the rise of realism Realism is putting the real world on stage Realism required detailed sets and character action Subtext: What’s happening beneath the lines, implying it. The audience infers it What carries meaning? Body language, voice inflection, business (how characters handle props) Because realism started implying, playwrights gave more stage directions • By the late 20th century, playwrights cut back on stage directions. In production, many cross out the stage directions. • • The stage directions are there to provide specific information - In the 19th century, gave background stories - Give descriptions of characters and sets Blocking (movement) - Parentheticals: directions that tell you how to play the line. Not In The Stage Directions • Year the play takes place - We assume it takes place in the year it is first produced unless stated in the play. 1 Monday, August 29, 2016 Trifles In 1916 • - Women couldn’t vote, no phones for one household, people walked or rode horses, no electricity or central heating. Women had none of the rights we have now. - When it was changed to a short story it was called a Jury of Her Peers. • Set in the kitchen of a farmhouse. Its in a valley. It’s always dark and dank. Near Omaha - Assume it’s set in Iowa because the playwright lived there. • What do we learn on their arrival? - The kitchen is abandoned, it’s not very well kept - The women don’t come in because they’re afraid - The house is cold - The house is isolated and deathly quiet - A man was strangled there - The bed is against the wall, Mrs. Wright slept on the inside. - Mrs. Wright was acting strange when she was asked about her husband - Mrs. Wright and her husband didn’t have a great marriage - The detective invites the women to the fire due to chivalry The chivalry is automatic. When the women refuse, he moves on to the investigation because it’s more important. - The women are there to do women’s work. They are to get a few things for Mrs. Wright. - The men don’t look in the women’s space because they don't think anything is there. • This is a patriarchy • Note the title. It shows up early in the play. 2 Monday, August 29, 2016 - The title is often a key to the meaning. - When referenced, pay attention. - When the title is to referenced, look it up. • Mrs. Peters relates to her because of the fruit and silence. Also, a boy killed her cat when she was younger and she almost killed him. Her cat is the equivalent to Mrs. Wright’s canary. • Mrs. Wright killed her husband because he abused her and kept her isolated. The canary was her trigger. 3


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