Elements of Theater

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Elements of Theater - Actors - Stage - Audience Suspending one’s disbelief - mysterious phenomenon that audience members experience In many ways theater parallels life Theater is alive and immediate whereas film is not. Theatre also bears a unique relationship to the aliveness (and humanity) it mirrors What are these parallels between theatre and life? o Humanity ---Actors o Reality---- Simulation o Spontaneity---Improvisation o Society---Audience o Learning Rehearsal o The World-----The Stage Theatre’s Doubleness Shakespeare and others said that there is a doubleness about the theatrical experience that provides a sense of life reflected on stage. o The audience experiences the actor both as actor—the living presence of another human being – and as fictional character The Mirror The Elizabethans thought the theatre mirrored life. Shakespeare had Hamlet describe the purpose of acting, or “playing,” in this way Looking into a mirror is, in a sense, like going to the theatre.
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