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Theatre Appreciation

by: Billy Windler

Theatre Appreciation THEA 1100

Billy Windler

GPA 3.65

Haley Rice

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Date Created: 10/11/15
What does Theater mean Etymology The Greek ancestor of the word theater is theatron a place for seeing especially for dramatic representation theater Theatron comes from the verb theasthai to gaze at contemplate view as spectators especially in the theater from thea a viewing Theater or Theatre There is no right or wrong spelling Europe and Canada use theatre exclusively Typically we use the word theater to mean the building plays are staged in We use the word theatre to define the actual art itself Art There are 3 categories ofa Literary Visual Performing Art and Performing Art Think of the arts as existing in time and or space Music exists in time but not space A painting exists in space but not time Theatre dance and opera exist both in time and space They take up both physical space and time Jessye Norman in an Opera calle Die Winterreise directed by Rob d ert VWson Performing Arts The performing arts opera theatre dance gt Move through time and space gt Require interpreters as well as creators playwright creates director and actors interpret gtMust have an audience a live one gtTransitory experience What makes Theatre Unique it What makes theatre unique among the performing arts is its text Unlike Opera or Dance the theatre relies on a written text called a script which is crafted by a playwright 39 For dance the script is a set of moves called choreography For Opera it is a set of musical notes called a score and a set of lyrics called a libretto Theatre s Focus The focus of theatre is always humanity Theatre seeks to shed light on the irreversible condition of being human Elements of Theatre Theatre has An Audience A Theater Space Performers A Director Design Elements Text Because it has all ofthese separate elements in combination it is a Collaborative Art ltltm myoc V What about Why Do We Go To The Theatre It s Live The exchange between performer and audience member is unique Each encounter changes the 9 other Why Do We Go To The Theatre History Each time we see a show we partake of histow Why Do We Go To The Theatre II nu The Human Condition Seeks to answer some of the timeless questions about human existence Why Do We Go To The Theatre It s different than any other art form There s nothing else like it Why Do We Go To The Theatre Some other reasons include Education Entertainment Community Reflection Identification of self Let s Talk about Plays Theatre Is made of 2 parts The text The production Both come together to create theatre Components of a Play Aristotle a Greek Philosopher wrote a treatise on What theatre was all about in 325 BC This treatise called Poetics is the single most important piece of dramatic criticism in existence Poetics 6 Components of Good Tragedy Plot Character Theme Thought Diction Music Spectacle SnrhWN Plot Plot is the structure of actions in a play Boy meets girl boy loses girl boy and girl reunite Plot is what we talk about when we describe a play to others Plot has a beginning middle and an end though they may not be in that order Central to the Plot is Conflict In order to make the Plot interesting the opposing forces should be equal in strength Character Character refers to the people animals or things who undertake the actions of the plot Theme Thought The Theme is the the play s overall statement its central message or idea A play can have many themes and often does A play should have something to say THE BIRTHDAY A play in verse I M M hf 39 l Characters Charles the host Mrs Crane the mother Max the innocent Mr Knight the wizard Raymund Scene Charles livlng room Six o39clock in the afternoon The dialogue poetry V lyrics etc used in a 39 a Ladies and Gentlemen this is a play about birth Scene A pleasant living room whose chief feature is red walls ar anged with a neatness that can mean only a party it is furnished in no particular eriod but with good taste There is a low 5 a between the door ER an window L concealed by Venetian blinds in front of the sofa there is a low table with a bottle or wine and four glasses There may be flowers in the room a few books an a iatl ity preferably Picasso39s quotMother and Childquot above the sofa facing the audience As the curtain rises MRS CRANE the first guest is seated alone on the sofa she is poised and congenial on the brink of fifty Sne rises wanders about inspects her makeup fingernails hair and returns to the sofa at 155 as CiiARL ers ushering in two In re guests MAX the rimltlve painter somewhat care 51 dressed extremely young in appearance carrying a portfolio and 2411 KNIKEHT slightly past thirty but also with an unusually young though tired experss on chlaL s a man of distinction In his first 5 each he speaks as much the audience as to any of the actors CHARLES I believe you all know one another Mrs Crane our leading lady for the afternoon Who always makes these gatherings so pleasant My good friend Max who not only paints g ravh out to my knowledge has no surname And Mr Knight Mr Knl ht is a wizard indeed we are all wizards My dear Mrs Crane my good Max you are wizards also And paths 5 more fortunate in that you are Comparatively unaware of your powers MAI Charles is the most enharrassing person 1 know MRS C It has been quite a while since I was here last Charles And I shan39t say you should Entertain more often I know you give your parties constantly And I suppose it39s just as well I stay away Occasionally but really you mlght have asked til Eaters you changed this room scarcely know CHARLES You dislike it of course MRS G Q lc aa 8 kt3 Y115 mum Callsguhdm39ca c 511qu Coliseum Music Music and sound effects used in a show That s it Spectacle Scenery and other visual elements I think of the word spectacle as beyond the norm but to Aristotle spectacle is just the scener and visual elements sans value Notice Spectacle is least important More on Plot All Plots have a structure to them The Western way to describe this structure is that it has a t beginning t middle t end More specifically a traditional plot begins with an Exposition builds to a Climax and ends with a Denouement COMPLICATICINh TIME EKFCISITIDI I II39I ICITI N G IN CI DE HT RISING AUIDN CRISIS EIle FALLI N G ACNE N DENCIUEMENT THE CDNVENTIGNAL ANALYSIS DF DRAM TIC ACTION A Graph Another Graph Gliax Resnmminn Exposition is usually 1st Exposition reveals the back story to the audience It explains the who what where when It traditionally comes at the beginning of the play in some form song Greek Chorus poem etc Inciting Incident The Inciting Incident gets the ball rolling t catapults the play into action and often provides the root conflict for the characters THE PLAY CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT IT Crisis A Crisis is the point in the play where the action reaches an important confrontation or a turning point The highest peak of action or the most important Crisis is called the Climax Yes it s the highest peak of action in a play The tension reaches a breaking point Something has to give Also it s the most significant crisis After that it s all downhill Denouement 1 At the end of the play the action falls The suspense is satis ed and the knot is un edf Catharsis After you ve seen the whole play Exposition Inciting Incident Crisis or Crises Climax Denouement Then you might experience Catharsis


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