THET110 Midterm review

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THET110 Midterm Review Why do we study theater? Universality of theater- all cultures have some sort of theatrical performance Theatrical impulse- Aristotle “The Poetics”- humans have an innate mimetic desire. o MIMESES= IMITATION Language of theater helps us understand how we organize life Teaches us and reveals an enormous amount of history and culture Definition of theater: Theater must have: A performer or actor An audience A text (not always written) “Liveness” (must occur in live environment) Characteristics of theater: A. Theater requires action B. Theater requires a space C. Theater uses actors (a performer who impersonates) D. Theater relies on liveness E. Theater is ephemeral: brief and not permanent F. Theater is aesthetic, not efficacious: has an effect G. Theater is a hybrid form- many different forms of art are involved H. Theater is a collaborative art Communication Interaction Model: SENDER message RECEIVER feedback How do audiences negotiate the theater? Theatrical conventions : rules that make up an event. Rules or shorthand that the audience agrees to accept. Willing suspension of disbelief: although we know the events of a play are not real, we agree for the time we are in theater not to disbelieve them Aesthetic distance: we remember that events on stage are not real so we do not intervene How To Think Critically About Performance: Theatrical production is a sum of a set of choices o Playwright - chooses the topic. In DOAS the topic is abandonment, and this is conveyed using music, flashbacks, different perspectives of the story. First entitled “Inside His Head” o Producer/Artistic Director - decide what plays they will show at a theater
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with respect to current relevance, demographic, time of year, revenue, casting o Director o Designers o Actors History of Directing: Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Unified production/ gesankunstuerk; master artist (director) Contemporary Directing o 2 primary jobs of a director: Unification Interpretation/Director’s Concept (overall image or metaphor for the play) Director’s Concept= What is the play saying? 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 deperession PROFESSOR REESE INERVIEW: o 3 main roles of a director Interpreter of script Collaboration Communicating o Before rehearsals: Research- biographical, production history, author’s other texts, context of play, art, texture Interpret the play and develop your concept Design meetings 1. Concept meeting 2. Design ideas 3. Renderings 4. Preliminary drawings 5. Casting 6. Shops (where costumes and sets are built) Cast actors Monologue vs. cold reading auditions Callbacks Nontrad itional vs. colorblind/genderblind casting o During rehearsals: 1. Read through
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2. Table work- discuss research and characterization
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