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THTR 201 – THEATRE APPRECIATION January 14, 2010 Theatre: Performance and Art Theatre: Cultural Expression, Business, and the Role of the Audience
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Why go to the theatre? Immediacy Relevance Engagement Opportunity to participate in a social event
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Why go to the theatre? Immediacy: the perpetual present tense What you are seeing on stage is happening for the first time to the characters involved (though not the actors ) The idea of hearing AND seeing a story unfold before our eyes is captivating to us as audience members Live theatre is ephemeral : once it has occurred, it is a singular event, never to be repeated
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Ephemeral Greek ephēmeros , meaning lasting a day Something existing only for a short time, or something never intended to endure Mayflies were named after the Ephemerides of Greek mythology, creatures which lived only one day…
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Both of these photographs show the same scene from two productions of Hamlet. For the characters represented, the action is happening for the first time…to the characters, these events are as real as the events in your own life, happening in real time… In your own life, once a moment has passed it can never be recovered. It is the same for characters in a play. Though you can see the same play over and over, each moment is individual depending on the actors involved, the world created, the audience in attendance, and an infinite number of other factors.
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Another example: Two weddings Below and to the right are two weddings, one from a play and one from real life. For everyone represented, the action is happening for the first time…to the characters below, these events are as real as the events in happening to the right to “real people”. However, the play can be repeated over and over, though for the characters (NOT the actors), it will always be the first time…
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Why go to the theatre? Relevance : How we discover ourselves in the question “Who are you and what is your life?” How does the experience of the play relate to each of us individually? Does the experience affirm or challenge our beliefs and understanding of ourselves?
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Night, Mother (1981, by Marsha Norman) is a play about a failed mother/daughter relationship, a chronicle of a daughter's deep unhappiness, and, ultimately, her inability to deal with her lot in life, resulting in suicide. This play may cause you to ask the following questions: How would I describe my relationship with my parent(s)? Is happiness a personal responsibility? Am I responsible for the happiness of others? Is suicide ever justified?
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Why go to the theatre? Engagement : the art of theatre captures our interest and holds our attention The sensual qualities of theatre engage our senses of sight and sound Theatre stimulates our imagination Theatre stimulates our intellect
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Metamorphoses (1996, by Mary Zimmerman, based in the poems of Ovid) captures our interest and holds our attention by engaging our senses through sight (color,
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2010 for the course THTR 201 taught by Professor Joel during the Spring '10 term at Purdue University Calumet.

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