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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 its 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 & Actors studio o Stella Adler, Robert Lewis & Sanford Meisner Other actor training approaches o Viewpointsdance improv. o Michael Chekhovpsychological 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 its of change Dramatic purpose to answer questions about life Sometimes get message better if youre entertained o Whatever play person ends up with it needs to have clarity Clarity doesnt mean its simple o Realistic plays? Abstract? Whats 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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