March 3, 2008 TD301

March 3, 2008 TD301 - March 3, 2008 Some major goals of...

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March 3, 2008 Some major goals of Epic Theatre To inspire critical, active (NOT passive) audiences who will work for social change To show that, in the theatre, pleasure and learning can go hand in hand o “a smokers theatre” “The dramatic theatres spectator says: Yes, I have felt like that too – just like me – it’s only natural – it’ll never change – the sufferings of this man appall me – because they are inescapable – that’s great art; it all seems the most obvious thing in the world – I weep when the weep, I laugh when they laugh.” o Conventional theatre is dominated my familiarity, by inevitability, and sense of identification. Epic Theatre tries to: Prevent spectators from identifying with characters be making them “strange” or “alien” Reject many of Aristotle’s ideals, especially universality [ meaning that it is always the same], fate, and catharsis
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[ bringing up the feelings and emotions then you let them go and you are satisfied]
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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March 3, 2008 TD301 - March 3, 2008 Some major goals of...

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