INTRO WEST THEATRE DRAMA
INTRO WEST THEATRE DRAMA THAR 101
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THAR 101 TEST 2 Chpts 913 Chpt 9 Creating the World of the Play The Script Conventional theatre begins with a text AKA The script The text provides the foundation for performers directors and designers to create The playwright or dramatist is responsible for this expression of the human condition Subject Matter and Focus Broad subject history biography fiction Specifics choices Who the characters What the idea When the time Where the place Subject of drama is always people Their hoes 39o s foibles and fears The Verb is m Pr vidin a crucible or test for the characters 39H m 39 quot PM o The ground rules for a script The Dramat Point of View The dramatist provides the point ofview on the subject making it heroic humorous tragic etc The director performers and designers take their cue from the text using the playwright s POV as a guide The world of the play evolves from this blend of perceptions and ideas Societ s Point of ViewTheatre amp Societ are intertwined r t L l H v I j A MM ft l m Hwj um Wu Aim If Mquot Mint hr How do we categorize plays GENRE Genres include Comedy Tragedy Musical Farce Etc Why group plays together To provide an easy means of referencing works that share characteristics To allow audiences an identifierto reconiz t f rformance 1 ll quot l fl llll Chpt 10 Dramatic Form Climactic Episodic and Others There are several basic forms that plays have taken throughout the history of the theatre Climactic Episodic Other forms No play has to be strIctly clImactIc or epIsodIc many plays combine the two forms Ritual and Pattern as Dramatic Structure Ritual Repetition or reenactment of a proceeding or transaction that has acquired special meaning Patterns A repeated sequence of events containing its own order and logic Serial Structure A series of acts or episodes offered as a single presentation Segments and TableauX Tableau a static scene onstage featuring performers in costume Often stress nonverbal elements At times include non sequitur Does have structure United b a theme Chpt 11 Dramatic Characters There are man t es of characters that playwrights create u Algae ll lltl lr m l r l llll v l l 0 Characters with a domInant traIt o The four humours or humors Often found in the naming of characters Minor and major characters Using Dramatic Characters Effectively Juxtasition of characters o Contrasting characters Either parallel or contrasting characters are set beside one another Orchestration of Characters 0 Characters arranged like instruments in an orchestra o Arrangement must produce a cumulative affect 0 It s not what one character does or says but what all characters do together that creates the effect Chpt 12 Tragedy and Other Serious Drama Serious dramatic forms include Tragedy 0 Traditional 0 Modern 0 Heroic drama 0 Domestic drama Melodrama Tragedy Asks basic questions about human existence 0 Remember mimesis Tragedy contains the audience s recognition of raw human experience Assumes the universe is indifferent even cruel and malevolent to human concerns Tragedy deals with the relationship between individuals and fate Traditional tragedy Periods ofthe past such as Ancient Greece and Renaissance England Contradictory Responses to Traditional Tragedy The cruelty and corruption ofthe world versus the dignity of life and the beauty of art Pessimism versus Optimism The Effect of Tra edy Modern Tragedy Late 19th century to present day Characteristics of Modern Tragedy 39 39 39 39 39l n o The new tragic view based on modern society Major Playwrights Ibsen Strindberg Lorca Arthur Miller Tennessee Williams Eugene O Neill Heroic Drama Serious drama with the characteristics oftraditional tragedy with two exceptions a l l in j L 0 Eastern traditIons employ this style often 0 Sometimes known as Romantic drama 0 Western examples 0 Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand 0 Saint Joan George Bernard Shaw Domestic Drama Melodrama 18th and 19th century popular theatre music drama or song drama Characteristics of Melodrama quot W L Melodrama Today 0 Connections to lm and television genres o Westerns o Soap Operas 0 Science Fiction 0 Horror 0 Detective or spy stories Melodrama can also reflect the moral or political base of society Chpt 12 Comedy and Tragicomedy Comed Characteristics of Comed H o The evolution ofthe slapstick Contrast between the Social Order and the Individual 0 The tension between society and the events ofthe play 0 The Comic Premise 0 Turning accepted notions upside down Techni ues of Comedy L V 5 ll fl Eli gr 39 v 7 iall39l lliiill in lime iquotil 139ii39quot i ol rii Modern Tragicomedy Plays With mixed moods in which the endings are neither exclusively tragic nor comic 20 century viewpoint is shaped by a tragicomedy sensibility Modern playwrights rebelled against the classic elements of drama writing plays that lacked emphasis on plot and creating characters that lack consistency Their plays often start without formal exposition and end without solutions This new form of drama is seen in modern Tragicomedy OLDER FORMS OF DRAMA NEW FORM OF DRAMA Logical construction Loss of intelligible purpose Problemsolution causeeffect No more consistency World order is rational and familiar Increase of unknown factors There are no easy solutions The Theatre of the Absurd l w li C Jl ltjl 0 Samuel Beckett s Waiting for Godot Absurdity located in both structure and ideas Characteristics of Absurdism Major Playwrights Samuel Beckett Eugene lonesco Edward Albee Friedrich Duerrenmatt
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