thet110 Notes before midterm

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10/03/2009 17:52:00 Why we don’t go to the theatre? • Price • Location • Pacing/concentration level • Options • Availability • Actor recognition • Advertising “Graying of American audiences” • Older generations see plays, the art is dying out Why do we study theatre? • Historical relevance • Foundational to entertainment • Cultural/universal art form • Theatrical impulse o Innate mimetic desire Theatre must be/have: • Performer/ actor • Audience
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• Test/ action • “liveness” • space • ephemeral (fleeting) • aesthetic • hybrid form • collaborative communication interaction model • sender-message-receiver • receiver-feedback-sender how do audiences negotiate the theatre event? • Theatrical conventions (rules) • Willing suspension of disbelief • Aesthetic distance (knowing not to intervene) How to think critically about performance: • “the theatrical production is the sum of a set of choices” o playwright o producer or artistic director o designers o actors o director and “director’s concept”
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Death of a Salesman (1949) By Arthur Miller • First titled “inside his head” • The struggle of a common mad through flashbacks and daydreams o Crushed by the American dream • Flute music is used to set the mood when traveling to the past. History of Directing Richard Wagner (1813-1883) • Opera-theatre • Unified production (gesamkunstwerk) • Master artist (the director) Directors concept (thematic thrust) • What does the director want to say? o Death of a salesman  • Lack of women’s role • Difference between reality and illusion • What is success? • Father/son relationship • Economic obscurity causing depression Contemporary direction
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Two primary jobs of a director: • Unification • Interpretation/director’s concept o Overall image or metaphor for thep lay Professor Scott Reese Early life: Loyola to UCLA • Music major • Theatre minor o Cradle Will Rock • Actor o Soap operas • General Hospital • Young and the Restless • Days of Our Lives o TV host on NBS • Ready To Go Northwestern • MFA Directing:
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Job of the Director • Interpreter o Adapt from other art forms to a play/musicl • Collaborator (fascilitates) o With playwright, design, set, choreographer, actors • Communicates o Convey a general message to the audience Old time directors see the “my play.”
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