What is theatre

What is theatre - What is theatre Plot Character Idea...

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What is theatre? Plot, Character, Idea, Language, Music, and Spectacle What is a Play? Classical Greek Theatre: Ways, means and society OEDIPUS THE KING LYSISTRATA The Basic Elements of Theatre Script/Text, Scenario, Plan : This is the starting point of the theatrical performance. The element most often considered as the domain of the playwright in theatre. The playwright’s script is the text by which theatre is created. It can be simplistic, as in the 16 th century, with the scenarios used by the acting troupes of the Commedia dell’ arte, or it can be elaborate, such as the works of William Shakespeare. The script, scenario, or plan is what the director uses as a blue print to build a production from. The Process: This is the coordination of the creative efforts usually headed up in theatre by the director. It is the pure process by which the playwright’s work is brought to realization by the director, actors, designers, technicians, dancers, musicians, and any other collaborators that come together on the script, scenario, or plan. This is the works in progress stage. The Product: This is the end result of the process of work involved. The final product that results from all of the labors coming together to complete the finished work of script, scenario, and plan, in union with all of the collaborators in the process to create the final product. This is what the audience will witness as they sit in the theatre and view the work. The Audience : Theatre requires an audience. For all of the arts public is essential. The physical presence of an audience can change a performance, inspire actors, and create expectations. Theatre is a living breathing art form. The presence of live actors on the stage in front of live audiences sets it apart from modern day films and television. Let us now look to the person who is responsible for the starting point of the theatrical event. The initial creator of the script, scenario, or plan, as outlined above. This person is the playwright. A playwright works in that
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branch of literature dealing with the writing and producing of plays for the theatre. The literary composition that is written specifically for the stage in play format by the playwright. The Playwright What is a playwright? According to the American Heritage Dictionary , “One who writes plays”. The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth To heaven; And, as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. THESEUS In A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare How plays are written at any given time depends on many factors: the intended audience and purpose; the playwright’s current views about the human condition, and how the playwright perceives the truth around him. A playwright must understand and know the established artistic and theatrical conventions of the theatre. A playwright
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2008 for the course THTR 109 taught by Professor Graham-white during the Fall '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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