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THEA 103 Week 4 Lecture

by: Amber Riggle

THEA 103 Week 4 Lecture THEA 103

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The Aesthetics of Theatre
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The Aesthetics of Theatre
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Class Notes 91415 1 LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS there s no Huns sorry a House of Blue Leaves b Think about the Poetics when watching the show c Plan a group meeting to write a critique assignment over house of blue leaves 2 Other important concepts a History v theatre i Life v art ii ITS NOT THE JOB OF THEATRE TO REALISTICALLY REPRESENT REAL LIFE iii THEY RE NOT THE SAME THING b Pathos i Destructive or painful acts 1 Death grief injury betrayal 2 Because we re sick creatures who feast on the pain of others ii Its where the word quotpatheticquot comes from 3 Resources for research a BSU writing center b Individual tutoring session c BB external links thanks TSmith i Purdue OWL ii Diana Hacker MLA site iii ALL CITATIONS ARE IN MLA FORMAT iv ALL OF THEM v INTERNAL CITATIONS AND THE BIBLIOGRAPHY 4 Understand if you are citing things correctly a Plagiarism is bad Don t do it 5 Citations more info online a What MUST be cited i Direct quotes Who said them and where you got it from ii Anything that isn t yours 1 Ideas facts etc iii Nothing that isn t blatantly obvious 1 quotHamlet is a play quotthe sky is blue quotAdulting is hard etc 6 Internet is a good place to start if you have no idea what s going on a All sources must come either directly from the library or through the library s resources b Library CardCat i Be REALLY REALLY specific when searching CardCat c Student Research Resources d One Search i Go to Advanced search e Reference i Gale Reference ii Oxford Reference iii Biography in Context f Avoid using things before the 19305 Post WWII g Yay shelf browsing 0 Okay back to regular class discussion notes 0 Podcast 3 p1 amp 2 Recaps 0 Conflict heart of drama 0 Plot points Events Revelations 0 Choice and Arrangement in Plot 0 Climactic Plot Structure I Quest for a goal 0 Episodic Plot Structure I Journey through experiences 0 Reversal Peripety amp Recognition o Reversal of fortune or knowledge Followed by a recognition of that reversal Plot twist 9 OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED Can appear in both climactic and episodic AKA The Plot Twist I What variables are being used 0 Size impact 0 Timing 0 When does it happen 0 Fight club quot3930 min before ending 0 Sixth Sense 5 min before ending 0 Target 0 Who learns this new information o Dramatic Irony audience knows what s coming characters don t 0000 0 Story v Plot 0 quotDeus ex machina I God comes in and saves the day at the last minute inexplicably o Dramatic Irony 0 Plot points plot v story 0 List all plot points of Rising of the Moon then apply them to the climactic structure 0 Come up with three things of the story that ARENT the plot 0 Add answers to document on BB 0 Police show up to the docks o Policemen leave constable stays o Escapee shows up 0 Constable stops escapee Class Notes 91615 0 Updates 0 Liz Callaway in class so bring questions 0 Note schedule change due to her visit 0 CONCEPT PAPER NOT DUE MONDAY FOR HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES I Group critique will be over Mad World individual critique will be on Merrily o Rising of the Moon plot points applied to the Aristotelian climactic plot structure 0 A Good Plot Summary is o Plotrelated duh I Focuses on events and revelations rather than character thought or other poetic elements 0 Structured and complete I With a beginning middle and an end o Focused and clear I Make thoughtful choices about what you include in regards to plot v story minor characters minor plot points 0 Concise I Be efficient in your language I Balance between too much information and not enough 0 Grammatically correct I For God s sake I PLEASE proofread 0 Tips I Focus on the action events and revelations I What happens not what the play is about theme I Cover all parts I Phrase summary from the protagonist s POV 0 Summary of Rising of the Moon in one sentence 0 Sargent struggles to apprehend escaped prisoner due to the prisoner s manipulation of the Sargent s moral views and ultimately fails I Struggles of writing this sentence I Choosing a protagonist I Choosing plot points to include Class Notes 91815 o Greeks had advances in 0 Architecture 0 Science 0 Politics 0 And Theatre 0 The city Dionysia 0 Spring festival founded in 534 BCE I Also a contest o In honor of Dionysus o Thespis and the roots of theatre I Started acting o Conventions of Greek theatre 0 Convention the accepted and approved way that theater is traditionally written and performed in a culture 0 Male actors only I Must have made Lysistrata super awkward o Chorus 3 Actors ONLY 0 Masks I One for each character 0 Offstage Violence 0 Tragedy or Comedy I Nothing in between 0 No quotoriginalquot stories I All from mythology o Entirely outdoor theatres o Sophodes o Champ of the playwriting festival in City of Dionysia 0 MASTER OF PLOT o Motivated exits and entrances o The Greek Mindset 0 There s logic ration and order to the world 0 There s also a lack of logic ration and order in the world I Supernatural events weather etc I Blamed it on the gods 0 Cultural values represented in plays 0 In Oedipus what values were presented I You can t escape your fate I Gods v Man I State gt Individual I Incest is bad Don t do it That s gross Ew I Don t let indulgences blind you hehheh I Health of the Ruler reflects the Health of the Polis o Oedipus is sick and twisted and so is Thebes o What is Climactic about Oedipus 0 He s searching for Laois killer SUPER late point of attack Plotdriven next to no character information Takes place in one day in one location Central Conflict I Find the killertruth o Exposition I What information is communicated and how I Oedipus adventures prethebes I Through the chorus dialogue o Inciting Incident I Disrupts the normal world I Single event revelation I Kreon returns from the oracle o Rising Action I Characteristics of the RA 0 Messenger reveal critical information about Polybus death 0000 0 Crisis I Single event I Shepherd shows up telling Oedipus that he s adopted E o Climax I Single event I Realizing that he is the killer of the King R o DenoumentFallingAction I Multiple events 0 Story v Plot 0 First things we learn 0 What is learned next and when 0 Sta rt of story I Actions that happened prior o Oeddy given to shepherd by lo 0 Oeddy given to messenger by shepherd o Oed leaves Corinth in fear of his fortune 0 He kills Laios o Defeats the Sphinx o Plague descends on thebes Kreon goes to oracle 0 Beginning of play I Revelations that we learn in the plot 0 Theres a plague in thebes kreon returns from oracle o Chorus tells us oeddy defeated sphinx 0 Find out Laios was killed where 3 roads meet rings a bell to Oeddy o Oeddy remembers what oracle told him 0 Messenger reveals Polybus is dead and wasn t Oeddy s real daddy A guy gave me a baby too 0 Connects 2 and 2


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