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Unformatted text preview: 2-4-08 Epic Theatre's Alienation effect In German: "verfremdungseffekt" Incorporated Marxist theory into drama No suspension of disbelief! Expose hidden politics of realism Acting Style Influenced by Eastern aesthetics "Comments" on character Resists "going wholly over" into characters; audience "sees double"- two sides of a character. Telling the story of a character "Not-but" (moment of choice): wanted to highlight choices where a possibility could have opened up. Not quite consistent with the scene. Calls attention to a certain situation. Gestus (physical/vocal attitudes and gestures): crystallizes the physical and historical context Playwriting and directorial choices Emphasis on historical context Direct address, often out of character- "breaking the fourth wall"- reminds audience they are watching the play Divided into episodes, usually titled- told what is going to happen in the title. Shifting locations Songs No satisfying resolutions- Didn't always have to end up happy. Stage bare or minimally set Exaggerated stage lighting Signs, captions, projection: Adding an abstract of narration, taking you out of the scene. Set pieces and props sometimes replaced by labels (ex. "TREE")- Set is being suggested to you rather than constructed on the stage Making stage labor visible- wanted to make known of the manual labor. Wanted you too see the constructing of the stage. "Glotzt nicht so romantisch!" "Don't stare so romantically" Feminist Theatre(s) "Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression." Bell Books. Some Types of Feminism Liberal Feminism Women = Men Working within the system Cultural Feminism Women Men; Women > Men Essential differences Separatism Materialist Feminism Women Women Material conditions (history, race, sexual orientation, etc.) matter System sucks for everyone ...
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