midterm study guide for theatre

Midterm study guide - Canon core classic books/important texts Film vs Theatre o Advertising o Visual/special effects o Cost cheaper to go to a

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Canon: core classic books/important texts Film vs. Theatre o Advertising o Visual /special effects o Cost – cheaper to go to a movie o Perfectionism o Accessibility Why don’t we go to theatre often? o Expensive o Not convenient- plan in advance, theater isn’t close by o Requires more concentration than movies o Movies turn over more quickly than plays o Actor recognition- knowing a movie star vs. a theater star o We talk about film more than we do theater o “Graying of the American audience”- theater audiences are getting older and aren’t being replaced by younger audiences. *older people are more likely to be viewers Why do we study theater? o Historically relevant- it is one of the oldest forms of art o It’s an art form, part of cultural literacy o It’s universal- all cultures have theater o Theatrical impulse- innate mimetic desire (desire to imitate) in humans o The language of theatre helps us understand how we organize life Theater must have/be… (definition of theatre) o A performer/ actor o An audience o A text (not always written) following an action o “Liveness” o Ephemeral: theatre is fleeting and impermanent, so you can never recapture a show from the past (shortlived, you can never experience the same thing twice, which makes theatre a very difficult study)
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o Aesthetic, not efficacious Communication interaction model o Sender message receiver o Receiver feedback sender Theatre… o requires action o requires a space o uses actors – people who impersonate o relies on “liveness” o is a hybrid form it requires spoke word, art, and architecture because there are so many different components; it is a collaborative art Theatrical conventions: rules or shorthand that the audience agrees to accept. Ex: men playing parts of women or when the curtain goes down and then up to show darkness which would mean night time Willing suspension of disbelief: although we know the events of the play are not real, we agree for the time that we’re in the theater not to disbelieve them. Aesthetic distance: we remember that events on stage are not real so we don’t intervene Play writing and Dramaturgy: The theatrical performance is the sum of a set of choices made by: o The producer or artistic director o The playwright o The director o Designers o Actors It is a two step process: identifying and evaluating – as audience members Play vs. Production o You see or read a play o A production is an entire show; everyone is involved, it is what you see Play vs. Playwright
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o The play is the text o Playwright is the person, author, creator of the play Has choices to make based on subject: history, biography, autobiography, current events/contemporary, abstract inspiration, existing source material He/she creates the blueprint for a production based on decisions made for the setting, characters, dialogue, actions, themes, and textures How to read a play
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course ENGL 243 taught by Professor Collier during the Spring '07 term at Maryland.

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Midterm study guide - Canon core classic books/important texts Film vs Theatre o Advertising o Visual/special effects o Cost cheaper to go to a

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