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Thea 201 Lecture Notes 8

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Thea 201 Lecture Notes 8 Thea 201

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Week 8's lecture notes cover the different forms of theatricalism, or anti-realism
Introduction to Theatre Studies
Dr. Shifflett
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kate Hoffman on Wednesday March 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Thea 201 at University of Mississippi taught by Dr. Shifflett in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Theatre Studies in Theatre at University of Mississippi.


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Date Created: 03/23/16
Theatre Lecture Notes 3/22/16 The midterm covers everything up until this class “Angels in America” is the next play we will be reading Reviewed and analyzed “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” in class Theatricalism (or anti-realism) A reaction against realism that rejects the illusion of reality by embracing the artificial nature of the stage. Often reveals the mechanics of the theater, such as the lights, sets, etc.; or the mechanics of story structure, by experimenting with th timelines and repetition. Actors may break the 4 wall, and the audience is constantly reminded that they are in a theatre. Some Examples: Symbolism: ? Expressionism: people have internal experiences that need to be externalized/physicalized on stage (musical, etc.) Dadaism: ? Futurism: thought people should be more efficient, full of energy, productive, like machines; concerned with new things and embracing the modern age Surrealism: believe that there is a greater truth in the unconscious mind; try to create a bunch of irrational images that made an effect on the viewer Epic theatre: created by Bertolt Brecht. Erwin Piscator inspired Brecht (1893-1966)– inspired by soviet agitprop theatre; working class areas of Berlin; educate the masses in Leninist doctrine Brecht’s Big ideas – revolutionary form and content; rejects catharsis to keep people agitated in order to make them go out and fix their problems; critical emotional distance from the characters, no personal identification with the characters (alienation effect). All this equals Epic Theatre (differences from dramatic theatre->) Dramatic theatre: draws in audience, allows feelings, illusion for escapism, actors embody characters, Epic theatre: confronts audience, demands decisions, narrative to get a point across, actors dissect characters Distancing techniques:  Plot interruptions/Scenes not in order  Projections and placards  Direct Address, commentary on the character’s self  Music Theatre of cruelty: inspiration by surrealism and vice versa. Started by Antonin Artaud, who wrote “The Plague”, which talked about what life was like during the plague. He had no more masterpieces. Said that theater should be visceral, and overwhelming. Often had disturbing and violent images. He said art is only great when it has a “gut punch” effect on people/shatters expectations/nothing should be saved (art).


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