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201 Playwrights Class 6

201 Playwrights Class 6 - THTR 201 THEATRE APPRECIATION...

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THTR 201 – THEATRE APPRECIATION January 27, 2011 Playwrights
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Important Announcements You must sit in your assigned seat to avoid being marked as “absent” from the class IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment 1 will open at Thursday, January 27 at 12 noon on Blackboard and will close on Sunday, January 30 at 11:59 PM . Assessment 1will cover material from Chapters 1 through 6, the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell, and class lectures from January 11 through January 25.
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Important Announcements Please secure tickets to the two Purdue Theatre productions being produced during the Spring 2011 semester. Information re: purchasing tickets can be found in the corresponding folder on Blackboard. You should be in the process of reading The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. You should be finished reading the play by Thursday, February 3 .
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Review from last class Can you answer the following questions? What are the identifying physical traits of the various types of theatre spaces? What vocabulary is used to describe the architecture and seating possibilities of theatre spaces? What is the difference between Broadway, Off- Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway? Regional, Educational, Community theatre, etc.? How is theatre funded? (For-profit, Not-for- Profit, Subsidized)
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Today’s Goals Understand the words playwright and playwriting Learn the difference between ordinary language and dramatic dialogue Be introduced to the methods used by a playwright to create a play Understand the business of playwriting
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Goal 1 Understand the words playwright and playwriting
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Why should I care about knowing more about playwrights? The whole job of writing a play sounds boring. Who cares? Playwrights reveal the humanity of a particular period in time through their own personal lens or filter. Sometimes this revelation speaks to us in profound ways, informing us about ourselves as no other form of art or literature can Why? The presence of the real actor and the perpetual present tense of the theatre: we SEE real people (characters) engage in self-discovery – and this fascinates and engages us as no other art form can
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The Playwright A wheelwright makes wheels and a cartwright makes carts… Playwright: a maker of plays Playwrights not only write, they create They create and organize human actions using human-like beings (characters) to do so They create replicas of human action and then
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