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Lecture notes - February 14, 2007 19th Important Events...

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February 14, 2007 19 th Century turns to 20 th Century Important Events Charles Darwin Light bulb Social changes Religion tested Changes in Theater True proscenium stage Realism o “The details of the setting, the costuming and the circumstances of action were so fully realized as to convince audiences that they were listening in on life itself.” o Illusion o A playwright vision of what reality is – interpretation o Fictitious Difference between Realism and Naturalism o Naturalism is a style where there is basically no plot devices because plot is an illusionary device No climax No suspense No true entertainment Didn’t last long No sense of suspending one’s disbelief Mid-Nineteenth Century Profound changes in religion, philosophy, psychology, and economics o Charles Darwin On the Origins of Species by Natural Selection o Louis Pasteur o Alexander Graham Bell o Thomas Edison o The Suez Canal o Lincoln is assassinated o The Civil War o Transcontinental Railway Acting is doing Acting is portraying a character’s wants and needs through artistically truthful behavior that reflects a character’s psychological and emotional life Acting is not… o Showing o Narrating o Illustrating
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o Exhibiting o Dressing up and displaying emotions Historical Values of Acting o Greeks – masks o Japanese – makeup o Sang words, used poetry o Elizabethan became more realistic o Henrik Ibsen (Realist) As a creative artist, the Actor… o Selects sensory responses (both psychological and emotional) in search for selected behavior pertinent to a character’s needs within the given circumstances of the play The Actor’s Reality The actor must concentrate on the truth of the character’s behavior – his or her sensory responses, psychological motives and objectives – in the context of the play, not in the context of the performance or the audience The actor’s goal is to tell the character’s circumstances in the play’s story as effectively as possible Those circumstances are the essential conditions in the play’s world that include time (when), place (where), and surroundings (what) Talent: born with Ability: trained Theater is more about the actor than it is in film February 16, 2007 The Actor External Technique : from the outside inward He/she approaches a role through a deep and passionate study of human behavior in all its outward form, with an eye toward reproducing them in a disciplined and sensitive way. The English actor David Garrick (1717-1779) approached acting as an imitation of life – called acting a mimical behavior . Internal Belief : from the inside outward A creative process that is intuitive, subconscious, and subjective o To select behavior pertinent to the character’s needs within the given circumstances o To allow personal behavior to develop out of the playwright’s prescribed circumstances, knowing that their actions will involve a moment-to-moment subjective experience
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