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Release Preparation An tagonist Action/Motivation Protagonist Motivation/action C O NF LICT A B C D E A B C D E Comedy – a primary dramatic genre that usually ends happily and treats its subject matters lightly; A comedy is based on a comic premise o Based on “happy idea”, “what if” Comedy involves friction o Leads to discomfort Capitilizes on reversals and changes directions suddently o Preparation and release – only happens when properly prepared Possesses a sense of numerotage and gestalt o Northup Frye – archetype of comedy o Numerotage – gradual growth and development; snowballing o Gestalt – Sense of wholeness and understanding in only a sense of wholeness Ends with unification of a fragmented society Types of comedy o Judicious – teaching instructive comedy; put together to satirize devient behavior, points out errors in our ways o Situation Laughing comedy; comedy for the sake of comedy; for the sake of a good laugh o Sentimental - (chick flick) tender, warm, sweet, loving fun; praises virtue; sometimes called tearful comedy Aethestic Distance – Coined by Herbert S. Langford - By keeping aesthetic distance our pleasant sensors take perceptions that give us “good feelings”
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- Artistic Triangle – developed by Marian Gallaway - Experience – the idea/concept - Medium – each artist chooses (ex. Graphic, sculpture, painting) - Beholder – Audience, receiver - Catharsis – The emotional cleansing initiated by the tragic experience; for the character it is the recognition and acceptance of his or her error; for the audience, it is the sum total of the pity and fear created by the play. Theory that was developed by Sigmund Freud that was interpreted by Eric Bentley Laughter
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Common Ground/Uncommon Ground/Uncommon Culture 1. We are mimetic beings Nonperformative immitation – Simplest level of immitation such as learning through immitation to walk, talk, dress, behave, etc. Performative immitation – Embellishing our conversations by immitating word patterns, vocal patterns, gestures of others for the theatric and dramatic effect 2. We seek order We like the sense of owning our own destinies We like rituals, routine. We find pleasure in having a set routine. 3. We are communal beings We crave social alliances and social interaction is inherent in the theatrical act. Theater appeals to us because of the live contact between the actor and the audience Theater depends on the contributions of the audience 4. We use “masks” throughout our lives Masks transform and make individuals into something more than they are in the ordinary world. Masks liberate because they permit us to do things we might not ordinarily do. Masks encourage imagination
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