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T D 301 Jan 18, 2008 - What does the audience do Watching a...

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What does the audience do? Watching a play different from watching most film -Preparing for the event o Special occasion? .... usually sort of a dressy occasion, and a social event o Learning about the show? -Not always realistic o Metaphor….usually has something that has a representation of something else o Gaps left to fill…..audience is to imagine some aspects of the show -Choosing where to look -Need to concentrate -Intermission: time to think/discuss mid play A theatre audience is an active participant Audience Behavior What is expected now? Be engaged in the show, sit quietly, applause (standing ovation), sneaking of the show, go to sleep. You do not boo, eat, wear headphones Past Models -The Globe -19 th Century - Fist fights, pee on the stage, moving about, dude would buy oranges for someone that they was interested, the theatre
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was sort of a place to pick of a person to have sex. Women on the third tier were considered a prostitute. Riots were common. -Noh drama – hypnotic, it was common for people to go to sleep and it was okay due to the hypnotic behavior. What should it be? -Lots of options The Critic Criticism = the act of judgment …..one that interprets and evaluates The three questions: What was the show trying to do? o What: Emotion power? Social commentary? Psychological/Philosophical insight? Entertainment> o How: Research? Read the Play? Production notes? “Going in blind”? Did they do it? Was it worth doing? o Keep an open mind Bad Critics Mindless praise/condemnation o Nastiness sell o Promoting the play o Not able to see both sides
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Ignoring elements….forget about talking about some other aspects of the play Jus description Good critics Experienced o Has seen many plays o Knows theory/history Understands how it s made o Different elements Knows the audience o Theatres audience o Critics audience Tolerant of innovation Aware of own prejudices Clear and articulate Ideally: contributes to the art o Dramaturg: a resident critic A good audience member is also a good critic January 23, 2008 Playwright Wright=builder. Playwright= one who builds plays.
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o Looked at as a product of construction. A “typical” Process (but no play is typical) An idea Research - can take a number of forms…books, plays, watching TV, introspective, talking to people, etc. Writing o Alone? Collaboration? .... also collective creation- a group of writers who all come together to make a play. Reading ( and revising) – when the playwright and a number of other people sit down and read the play out loud. Once the playwright finds the support from others then you are able to get actors to actually read over the play.
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