Intro to Theatre, Week 7 Notes
Intro to Theatre, Week 7 Notes CO 1503
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Date Created: 03/19/16
Intro to Theatre Renaissance and Elizabethan Theatre England- University Wits Collection of university professors Acting troupes hired university trained writers Came up with revenge tragedy Have to connect aristocrats with working class Revenge Tragedy Most popular form of pre-Shakespeare theatre Took Seneca’s characteristics Characteristics o Motive: revenge, either real or imagined Playwrights are ingenious with how revenge takes place o Types Sacred Happens to hero, real motive Animosity of ambition Villain makes up story for revenge o Plot plays with gray area Personal and political lines get blurred o Revenge degenerates the revenger Either in madness (real or false), fury, or obsession o Action Violent and sensational Keeps lower class interested Characters- common motives o Noble/courageous lover is murdered o Kinsmen avenge murder victim, is psychologically frustrated o Villain uses others to carry out villainy o Beautiful lady wronged and destroyed by circumstances Shakespeare Little is known about him Actor with Lord Chamberlain’s Men (1592) Greatest playwright o Command of the written/spoken word o Invented over 1,700 words Didn’t write the plays to be read but to be acted out Shakespearean Tragedy Greatest and most complex works Inspired in structure from the Greeks o Keeps audience interested Dig difference in tragic downfalls o Medieval Characters fall because of bad fortune o Renaissance Characters fall because of human error Tragic hero o Possess high rank in society o Has extraordinary talents o Tragic flaw o Faced with honor and dignity Plot o Domestic but on a large scale o Allegorical characters serve as examples o Inspired by history, myths, politics (not original stories) o Served as parallel to insult/comment on current political and social problems Shakespearean Comedy Tradition he took from Platus Complex and confusing o Multiple story lines to confuse audience o Sexual humor Characters o Cunning and witty which is displayed in their dialogue o Stock characters from Roman comedy Taming of the Shrew Dumbshow o Play within a play; show before the show o Has nothing to do with the main plot One of Shakespeare’s better comedies 2.5 plot lines in one play Not produced anymore because of the ending o Wife should be submissive to husband Allegorical characters o Katharina Says what she thinks o Bianca Witty, one type of woman High comedy with low comedy thrown in o High comedy Witty comedy o Low comedy Slapstick Doesn’t last long Lots of bodily humor Performed fast
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