Lecture Notes Weeks 1 and 2
Lecture Notes Weeks 1 and 2 THEA 1010 - 001
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Date Created: 08/28/15
Intro to Theatre Lector Notes 81915 The rolefunction of theatre in society has uctuated over time Examples 0 Theatre as religious activity 0 Theatre as traveling performance 0 Theatre as entertainment Rituals to representations of other events Constantly performing self 0 Calling Mom amp Dad 0 Student Onlinevirtual world Ritual of sacri ce as a performance or church gt doesn t make it less than We perform culture to make culture Example weddings The value and re5pectabilitv of theatre has been a matter of debate Examples 0 Theatre forbiddenbanned because it was considered a form of lying 0 Theatre as a truthful re ection of human behavior Distrust of the image Fear of acting is lying gt people in the business don t see it that way Performative in the doing is becomes Dr Carr s de nition Many see theatre as fake or imitative instead of re ective o Dystopia and utopia 0 Story truth Acting negative perception comes from the history of the negative perception of theatre Intro to Theatre Student Presentation Notes 82615 quotHouse Proudquot American Theatre Blue Barn Theatre of Omaha Nebraska hit a nancial bump Tried to expand pursued growth Company survived and is thriving o Moral of life is that one can except defeat or pursue growth Disco balls article Cabaret used disco balls to put swastikas all over the audience and stage Disco balls can be used for stars in the night sky Examples of plays using disco balls in creative ways Cabaret A Midsummers Night Dream Legacy of Light Depending on where the audience sat depended on if they could see the disco ball or not quotChange by Degrees Outreach programs Using theatre majors around the community gt not just studying their major quotEducation medicine political activism community work amp social services Emphasize the importance of outreach programs Applied theatre using theatre for more than just entertainment NOT drama therapy you don t need a psychology degree Auburn we have Mosaic Theatre Company Intro to Theatre Lecture Notes 82615 Slide 1 Plays are missing a narrator Films have a narrator gt camera visual narrator Relationships are more important in plays than plot Learn to dig into the text Slide 2 What is dramatic action 0 Dramatic action doesn t have to be complex 0 Kind of slippery 0 Lots of levels 0 Dramatic Action in the room 0 Dramatic Action in the story gt backstory or monologues Aristotle liked to put things into categories amp he wasn t the biggest fan of theatre Boring plays typically have too much telling amp not enough showing Can I name the goal of my character Can I name how much that character wants that goal Can I name what the character learned from that goal Slide 4 Different technique to write a play 0 Very constrained like a poem Introduce gt orientate gt complication gt crisis gt resolution National Theatre of Britain What happens next You as the writer have to earn the connection between audience and players Plays are often based on real life events Act III tying it all together is the hardest part of writing a play Arthur Miller famous playwright As the actor you with the audience and go on the journey Slide 5 Unity of plot Not the only right ones just the most common Ex Dead Wood use of language Slide 6 6 areas of drama Time of Greek Tragedy Music can be seen as the tempo amp rhythm of the textmusicality of the text Slide 7 Organizes to make sense Red herring 0 Usually used in mystery plays 0 Distraction Aristotelian climacticlinear all mean the same thing Episodic lots of characters epics musicals Sometimes they re not building to anything Doesn t necessarily move in time or move causeandeffect like you would think Scenes can be mini episodes Slide 8 Do I understand all this from the rst scene Exposition needs to unfold backstory in a way that would seem natural 0 Necessary for every play Point of Attack where are we in the big picture of the characters lives Where the play opens in the middle of a story Hametgt early point of attack Late point of attack is more contemporary Early point of attack plays are hard to produce nancially because there are typically more characters and scenes Glass Menagerie gt memory play so it is both Compressed time frame is late point of attack I Slide 9 Stasis gt change Example What is Hamlet s moral struggle Slide 10 How much exposition we need for the play to make sense Plot is the most complicated of Aristotle s 6 points of drama Slide 11 Discoveries happen at this point ln comedy amp tragedy we see reversals Slide 12 Crisis gt climax Slide 13 New normal established the end of the play Subplots gt important for red herrings 0 Good when you don t gure it out amp when you did it it makes sense You don t have to have all this it s just the typical structure Slide 16 How characters are revealed in real life Slide 17 Meaning of the action How is power moved in the play We have to gure out what the play meant o Thememoral Slide 18 Spectacle gt to Aristotle it was the least important now it s 34 of the show Slide 19 How to know emotion Shakespeare gt used iambic pentameter for nobles
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