Drama 116 Lecture notes

Drama 116 Lecture notes - February 14, 2007 19th Important...

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February 14, 2007 19 th  Century turns to 20 th  Century Important Events Charles Darwin Light bulb Social changes Religion tested Changes in Theater True proscenium stage Realism o “The details of the setting, the costuming and the circumstances of  action were so fully realized as to convince audiences that they  were listening in on life itself.” o Illusion o A playwright vision of what reality is – interpretation o Fictitious Difference between Realism and Naturalism o Naturalism is a style where there is basically no plot devices  because plot is an illusionary device No climax No suspense No true entertainment Didn’t last long No sense of suspending one’s disbelief Mid-Nineteenth Century Profound changes in religion, philosophy, psychology, and economics o Charles Darwin  On the Origins of Species by Natural Selection o Louis Pasteur o Alexander Graham Bell o Thomas Edison o The Suez Canal o Lincoln is assassinated
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o The Civil War o Transcontinental Railway Acting is doing Acting is portraying a character’s wants and needs through artistically  truthful behavior that  reflects  a character’s psychological and emotional  life Acting is not… o Showing o Narrating o Illustrating o Exhibiting o Dressing up and displaying emotions Historical Values of Acting o Greeks – masks o Japanese – makeup o Sang words, used poetry o Elizabethan became more realistic o Henrik Ibsen (Realist) As a creative artist, the Actor… o Selects sensory responses (both psychological and emotional) in  search for  selected  behavior pertinent to a character’s needs within  the  given circumstances  of the play The Actor’s Reality The actor must concentrate on the  truth  of the character’s behavior – his  or her sensory responses, psychological motives and objectives – in the  context of the play, not in the context of the performance or the audience The actor’s goal is to tell the character’s circumstances in the play’s story  as effectively as possible Those circumstances are the essential conditions in the play’s world that  include time (when), place (where), and surroundings (what) Talent: born with Ability: trained Theater is more about the actor than it is in film
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February 16, 2007 The Actor External Technique : from the outside inward He/she approaches a role through a deep and passionate study of human  behavior in all its outward form, with an eye toward reproducing them in a  disciplined and sensitive way. The English actor David Garrick (1717-1779) approached acting as an 
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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Drama 116 Lecture notes - February 14, 2007 19th Important...

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