THE2000 Final Exam Study Guide

THE2000 Final Exam Study Guide - FinalExamStudyGuide

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Final Exam Study Guide “The willing suspension of disbelief” Fourth wall -invisible wall between actor and audience -communication with the audience breaks the fourth wall Typecasting - leading man/ leading woman - young lovers -college aged-women called ingenue -“the friend”- not pretty enough to be young lover - character actors -everybody else (neighbor, bus driver, teacher, boss) Nontraditional Casting - -casting of ethnic minority and female actors in roles where race, ethnicity, or sex is not  relevant to character or play development, build convention agreement between actors and  audience Set Design : - Primary  function: to communicate ideas - Secondary : time and place/seasons  prepare audience for what’s about to come    show the character of the characters  create an environment that fosters action Types of theatre: Black box -all the walls are painted black -you can rearrange the stage in any size or shape in as many ways as possible Proscenium - Stage in back, apron, audience Proscenium arch - Thrust - audience on three sides (ex. The Globe Theatre) Box set -
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Arena/ theatre in the round -audience on all four sides Acting Theory: Rhetoric - the art of using language so as to persuade or influence others; the body of rules  to be observed by a speaker or writer in order that he may express himself with  eloquence Declamatory acting : actors want to FEEL something on stage Features of declamatory acting: vocal pyrotechnics, drawn out pauses, musically  cadenced speech, exaggerated action Declamation:  the repeating or uttering of a speech, etc with studied intonation and gesture  Constantine Stanislavski - Russian actor early 20 th  century (father of modern acting  theory) -affective memory -to consciously evoke past memories to aid an actor’s performance -method of physical actions -an actor works to express actions based on his or her  characters objectives in the play -the magic “if ”-an actor asks himself what he would do in the same situation Subtext -what we really want, hidden hopes, fantasies, things we don’t say Play Genres- (know definition/features) Greek tragedy - Fate Order The cosmos Identification Suffering Nobility of humankind Individual
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Comedy - Fortune/chance Chaos The body Detachment Pleasure  Shows faults of humankind Society Realism - -people talk the way we talk, have the concerns we do -people act like we act in normal life  -its not about set design, sets don’t have to be real, it’s more about common people  - theatre that seeks to give the appearance of everyday life -the lives of characters living in harsh circumstances, speaking the informal language of 
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course THE 2000 taught by Professor Schultz during the Fall '09 term at University of Florida.

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