Theatre Exam 1 Study Guide

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Theatre Exam 1 Study Guide Chapter 1- Theatre, Art, and Entertainment Aesthetics The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty Aristotle Believed art and theatre awaken the soul Good theatre fortifies us because it allows us to release repressed emotions in a controlled, therapeutic way Art shouldn’t slavishly cop nature but instead clarify, abstract, interpret, and idealize it Art depicts the universal character of things and includes the lessons the artist has learned by living and observing nature Peter Brook Wrote The Empty Space In his book he states that all that is needed for theatre to occur is an empty space and someone to walk across that space while someone else watches Cultural Theatre The type of theatre that is designed to support the heritage, customs, and point of view of a particular people, religion, class, country, or community Wole Soyinka Nigerian playwright who was the first black writer to win the Nobel Prize for Lit (1986) was arrested during the Nigerian civil war Wrote Death and the King’s Horseman, etc. Spent 2 years in solitary writing plays on toilet paper and cigarette wrappers Vaclav Havel Playwright and president of the Czech Republic (1993) Often arrested for writing protesting communism ( Private View, The Audience, etc. ) Historical Theatre About universal themes set in historical period Greek plays, Shakespeare, Restoration comedy, etc. Use language, style of dress, movement, furniture, manners, etc. of given period Commercial Theatre Designed to make money, appeal to a broad spectrum of audience members, be primarily entertaining, sage themes, lots of laughs and spectacle Musicals, Broadway comedies, etc. Performing Arts Arts, such as theatre, music, opera, and dance, whose medium is an act performed by a living human being Plato Believed that:
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o theatre people were largely responsible for the corruption of his day o since playwrights and actors are unable to commit heroic acts, they must compensate for their own worthlessness by mimicking the action of people who do o a perfect republic had no room for the theatre If it must be tolerated, theatre must be subservient to the state and to society Plato advocated banning plays that did not promote the well-being of the body politic He called for censorship because people are imitative animals and tend to become what they imitate Therefore, he called for only suitable role models on stage Political Theatre Theatre in which playwrights, directors, and actors express their personal opinions about current issues Having a specific political agenda Experimental Theatre Pushes the boundaries of what theatre is, what’s acceptable, etc. The Living Theatre of the 1960’s. 5 Qualities of Art
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2008 for the course THEA 10053 taught by Professor Deveer during the Spring '07 term at TCU.

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