Course Hero Logo

Theatre Midterm 2 - Terms: Representational Staging...

Course Hero uses AI to attempt to automatically extract content from documents to surface to you and others so you can study better, e.g., in search results, to enrich docs, and more. This preview shows page 1 - 12 out of 112 pages.

Terms:Representational Staging(Realism)Creating a realistic illusionDetails are filled inPresentational staging(Theatricalism)Audience’s awareness of theatrical manipulation is recognizedFocus on symbolic expressionExamples:Homer’s The Odysseyby Mary Zimmerman(1999)LesMiserables
TheatricalismAbstraction, distortion, the grotesquePoetic metaphorConcerned with seeing through the Character’s point ofviewWhat are their internal struggles?What is their subjective experience?Exposes the Mechanics of theatreImagination requiredEdifice of the stage is visibleLanguage is poetic/expressive rather than vernacular
German ExpressionismEarly 20thcentury (1905-1922)Emotional experience valuedover realityMotivated particularly by:Arms buildup in GermanyIncreased militarizationDeep investment in humanityExample:Metropolis(1927)The Scream by Edward Munch
American Expressionism in TheatreEugene O’Neill (1888-1953)The Emperor Jones (1920)The Iceman Cometh (1956)Produced posthumously
Epic TheatreBertolt Brecht(1898-1956)German poet, playwright, directorBelieved:It is dangerous for theatre goers to get lostin the story of the playDesired:Analysis over empathyActive questioningTheatre should be a call to social actionNot interested in catharsis or emotional releaseTheatre should effect change not moralize
Brecht’s Theatrical Conventions:Alienation effect(Verfremdungseffekt)“To make strange”Interrupts the audience’s experienceReminds audience that they are at a playActing in QuotesCharacters are believable BUT we don’t believe the actor ISthe characterActorpresentsthe character they don’tbecomethe characterExamples:Actors may break character on stage- maybe to address the audienceActors play multiple roles
Theatre of the Absurd1950sGroup of international playwrights in ParisIncludingSamuel Beckett(author ofWaiting forGodot)Following the horrors of WWIIEnormously critical current value systemsConcerned with:Meaningless of human existenceImages of futilityIneffectiveness of languageUse of nonsensical dialog
Expressionism in DanceMartha Graham(1893-1991)Use of the body to stageexpressionist/psychological dramasEmphasis on the earthly quality ofweight and breath as impetus formovement over decorative orornamental dance stylesScene and costume are partners toperformance (rather than simply“setting the scene”)Example:Night Journey(1947)
Tony KushnerBorn in 1956, NYJewish familyEducated at:Columbia UniversityTisch School of the Arts, NYUDirecting, MFAWrote only one major play beforeAngelsAlso wrote screen plays forMunich(2005) andLincoln(2012)Highly Awarded
Play DevelopmentCommissioned by Oskar Eustis of the Eureka TheatreSan Francisco, 1987NEA grant (National Endowment for the Arts)“politically progressive aesthetic”6 years before both plays are complete:Millennium ApproachesPerestroika

Upload your study docs or become a

Course Hero member to access this document

Upload your study docs or become a

Course Hero member to access this document

End of preview. Want to read all 112 pages?

Upload your study docs or become a

Course Hero member to access this document

Term
Fall
Professor
Dvoskin
Tags
Feminism, Martha Graham, NYC, Feminist Theatres

Newly uploaded documents

Show More

Newly uploaded documents

Show More

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture