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Unformatted text preview: Theatre Exam Given Circumstances:- Who?- When?- Where?- What? Goal/Intent of Play- tell a story- teach a lesson- problem/question- propaganda- escape from life- emotion vs. intellect- theme/ message Aristotle’s Poetics (elements of drama) 1. plot 2. character 3. thought (theme) 4. diction (language) 5. music 6. spectacle Production elements- acting- directing- set- costumes- lights- sound Realistic vs. Non-Realistic Protagonist- character who’s will sustains the action of the play Antagonist- person who gets in the way of the protagonist Exposition- character’s past, background info Inciting incedent- what sets the play in motion Climax- when the main character gets what they want or stops trying Denounment- everything that comes after the climax Types of Theatre- AEA- Broadway-Off-Broadway- National Tours- Professional-Semi-Pro-College- Community Profit vs. Non-Profit Playwright Theatre/ Producer(s) Director (music director, choreographer) Stage manager Assistant stage manager Designers (set, lighting, costume, props, sound) Technical Director Run Crew Audiences and Interpretation- threshold of understanding o “baggage” expectations- Ghosting- Willing suspension of disbelief Orgins of Theatre (Greece, Egypt, Africa) 1. ritual 2. imitation and role playing 3. story telling Aristotle (384-322 BC)- poetics- Socrates was his favorite Tragedy- inevitable, hubris (pride)- fatal flaw or error in judgment- one plot Greek Drama- 500-400 BC- Democracy- Following War- Dionysus wine, fertility, and reveling- Thespis (first actor) (thespians)- Audience Religion- ancestral worship- zeus- hades- laws of gods vs. laws of man- protag antigone- antag creon Midsummer Night’s Dream- Play within the play- denoument (pointless)- Asking for applause at the end Renaissance (1400-1630) look at the Italian and English- rebirth of- secular “this world”- Gutenberg’s printing press 1440- King James Bible 1611 English Renaissance/ Elizabethan (1485-1649)- catholic and protestant conflict- Henry VIII ruled 1509-154- 1509 Henry broke with catholic church- Conflict, short lived rulers- Bloody mary (catholic) ruled 1553-1558- Elizabeth I (protestant) Henry’s daughter with anne boelyn lived 1553-1603, ruled 1558-1603 brings stability, bans religious subject matter on stage- King James ruled 1603-1625 - Population is mostly literate Theatre Trends- subject matter: nobles-tragedy, lower class- comedy (for the most part)- 1592-1594 theatres closed due to plague- Commercial theatre- Plays liscensed by master of revels- No women on stage- Audiences= all classes- Acting style: somewhat realistic (Hamlet’s advice to players) Thomas Kyd- Spanish tragedy (original revenge tragedy Hamlet)- Episodic, ghosts, soliloquies Christopher Marlowe 1564-1593- iambic pentameter- dr. Faustus- killed in a bar fight because of involvement in politics Shakespeare 1564-1616- authorship controversy- speculation about education- Married anne hataway, kids = jusann, hamnet and Judith...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course THE 191 taught by Professor Shaw during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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