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Unformatted text preview: • Conflict o Individual vs. self o Individual vs. individual o Individual vs. society o Individual vs. universe • Protagonist & antagonist ( opposing forces) • Acting o “art of the ham” o “exaggerated” • Paradox of the actor o Have to be artificial in order to be natural • Coleridge: suspension of disbelief. Knowing it’s fake but watching as if its real • Theatre conventions: way things are Done That We All Understand & Agree To o Greek theatre- everyone wore masks • 3 aspects of acting o Imagination o Instrument ( voice : diction, dialect, singing& body : strength flexibility and control, dance, stage combat) o Consciousness (discipline & concentration) conflict, theme, character, and character relationship, style • Actor training approach o Inner (inside out) Inspiration Psychological- getting into psyche of your character o Outer (outside in) Technical – building character through action movement etc. Physical • Method Acting o Konstantin Stanislavski o Moscow Art Theatre o Plays of Anton Chekhov • 4 elements of the Method o Magic “If”- If I were that character what would I do o Emotional Recall or Sense Memory o Objective- trying to accomplish o Super-objective- accomplish throughout the play • American Method Acting o Lee Strasberg & Actor’s studio o Stella Adler, Robert Lewis & Sanford Meisner • Other actor training approaches o Viewpoints—dance improv. o Michael Chekhov—psychological gesture & imaginary body. A gesture will lead to an emotional connection. Have an image in your head about what your character looks like. Creates an interesting character. o Streetcar Named Desire Marlon Brando (Stanley) Kim Hunter (Stella) Vivian Leigh (Blanche) o Tragic hero has been displaced. Tries to find his/her place. Fight to the death. • Playwright o Subject o How to tell the story o Purpose o Script is like skeleton or notes in a symphony Agit- Prop (agitation propaganda) blunt in your face… political Genre type Plot- selected events and arrangement of both events that are shown onstage Character- what aspects do I want to show? Theatre reflects who we are and what we are doing like a mirror. Sometimes it’s of change Dramatic purpose to answer questions about life Sometimes get message better if you’re entertained o Whatever play person ends up with it needs to have clarity Clarity doesn’t mean it’s simple o Realistic plays? Abstract? What’s the style? o Caryl Churchill- TOP GIRLS- out of chronological order. Everything comes together at the end o Characters- more complex in comedy o Biggest challenge for playwright- what tools do I have (dramatic elements) Language- dialogue or monologue Action- not long explanation just simple action Visual images- o Plays are about people in crisis In extreme circumstances…. Leads to extreme actions o Process 1 playwright 1+ devised play o Business Copyright protection...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course DRAMA 1101 taught by Professor Pittenger during the Fall '07 term at UGA.

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