Theater120 Paper1 FINAL

Theater120 Paper1 FINAL - 1 Sabrina Reich Theater and Drama...

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Sabrina Reich Theater and Drama 120 - Section 302 The Production Element Sound in Medea Paper Riding The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Sound Wind blowing through the trees, a pencil hitting the ground, dogs barking in a neighboring yard; all are sounds that go unnoticed everyday. Many noises are unintentional, but in the 1982 video rendition of Euripides’s Medea, directed by Mark Cullingham, every aspect of sound is specifically planned. The four instances sound is used in the first act are to intensify the “emotional rollercoaster” the audience feels by creating suspense and astonishment to maintain interest. The performance, produced by John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, does not use sound often; therefore beginning the performance with it is critical. At 00:29, accompanied by a stylistic fade-in to the outside of Medea’s home, a menacing and ominous tone sets the stage. Heard are the rumblings of a drum complemented by an exotic tune of a flute, similar to the purr of an owl.
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