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DRAMA NOTES AFTER SECOND EXAM American Theatre Friday, April 04, 2008 12:00 PM Influenced by earlier European traditions Maximize the sense of a real experience Famous method actors Examples o 1950s movie "Rebel Without a Cause" With James Dean Conventional acting Method acting Stereotyping: broad stereotype of a character. General approach Honest Generalities Specificity Simulation Truth "playing a role" "living a part" The actors "inner convention" is now expressed The script serves the actors part The actors own performance is the real hallmark, or dramatic part Method actors would change their physical selves to be able to play the right part Russia USA Stanislavsky System: ways actors can get more in touch with their own bodies Analyzing plays and thinking about the fictional role 1. 1920s MAT tours USA: the stanislavsky system tours america So Americans get to see this kind of acting. Some of these people stay In the USA and set up theatres. 2. 1930s group theatre: the Americans pick up these new ideas and Use them 3. 1940s Actors Studio: by Strasberg. The American equivalent to the Stanislavsky system of training Strasberg "method": method instead of a system Method actors 1. Raw, genuine, authenticity 2. Its hard to tell if things were written for them to do or if it was decided to do at the moment 3. Get to the reality of the moment and get away from the fictionalities of the script Another example: o By Tennesse Williams, "A Streetcar Named Desire" o Marlon Brando and Vivian Lee and Scarlet O'Hara o Contrast between method acting in Brando and different type of acting from British Vivian Lee
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They went to get rid of the barrier between life and art Vocabulary o Subtext o Konstantin Stanislavsky o Method Acting o Lee Strasberg o Anti-Hero o Tennesse Williams and Elia Kazan Very central to the idea of method training Cat on a hot tin roof Monday, April 07, 2008 11:58 AM An American Drama American drama first draws heavily on European dramas We will see changes, especially in dramatic character o With rise of method acting At this time, realism was the dominate form in america Digging down to the truth "Who CAN face the truth? Can you?" - Brick, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Huge impact of subtext Specific stage direction This play challenges the stereotypes at this time Cold war fear A lot of forced conformity during the 50s o Certain mode of dress o Certain behavior o Not a decade that tolerated a lot of deviation o If you didn’t conform the society would force you into exile Fragility of the self Birth of the generation gap o New idea of the teenager as part of our life or our growth process o Teenagers were not part of life yet o You were just a adult in training o Huge market, economic inscentive for hollywood and the music scene to go after o Special relationships between parents and child Watching the play, scene when margaret and brick are talking in the bedroom
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