DI - Lecture Notes Week 5-6 Fall 2009

DI Lecture Notes - Review of Week 5& 6 • Eras – 60 Minutes to cover 2000 years of history…(33.3 years per minute o Greek City Dionysia = 4

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Unformatted text preview: Review of Week 5 & 6 • Eras – 60 Minutes to cover 2000 years of history…(33.3 years per minute) o Greek City Dionysia = 4 plays: 3 Tragedies 1 Satyr Play Thespis – Thespian – Actor Playwrights: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides Theatre Structure: • Theatron “seeing place” – Theatre – Theater • Orchestra “dancing place” – Orchestra Seating • Skene – Scene – Stage where a scene takes place o Evolution of Scene over time • Parodoi – Voms - Wings • Machina – Deus Ex Machina o Humans cannot fly • 14,000 – 17,000 o Modern version of Greek Theatre = sports arenas Performers • Actors = 3 who spoke and played all speaking roles • Chorus o 15 men with 5 major functions p.63 o Trained like athletes • Supernumearies = extras • Musicians = played music • Choregus – choreographer o Ancient producer • Masks = 5 major purposes p.65 6 conventions of Greek Theatre p.65 Tragedy format • Prologue – Exposition/History • Parados – Entrance of Chorus • Episode 1 - Actors (each episode moves the plot forward but reaches back in time for knowledge) • Ode 1 - Chorus • Episode 2 - Actors • Ode 2 – Chorus • Episode 3 - Actors • Ode 3 - Chorus • Episode 4 - Actors • Ode 4 - Chorus • Final Episode – Actors (“Messenger Scene” OR D.E.M.) • Exodus Comedy • Old Comedy – truest form o Typical features p.71 • New Comedy – bastardized by Romans o Roman – the great assimilators Playwrights: Plautus, Terence, Seneca Gravitas – importance of the Roman citizen Theater structure • ½ sized Greek Amphitheatre • Stadium o Innovations: Raised stage, Voms, No chorus Comedy • Flute player – similar to modern musical Variety Shows = similar to current sketch comedy • Mime • Blood Sports Rise of Christianity – more outlandish performances – disintegration of Roman Empire o Medieval Early, High, Late Medieval periods Part of religious festivals just like Greek/Roman Liturgical Drama • Early/High o In monasteries/churches o Religious o Chanted o Clergymen performed • Late o Outdoors o Secular Vernacular o Spoken o Laymen performed Corpus Christi • Establishment of towns/guilds led to new festival for unity • Procession through town – Guilds headed up specific productions • Cycles – identified by town/guild, same basic plots Conventions • Time: Eternal & Earthly – time frame for cycles = creation – doom • Stage = Improvised Spaces o Accommodate large audiences o Wagons = Portable p.87 o Fixed stage = side of building Mansion – specific locale Platea – ambiguous space • Costumes ID characters • Illusionistic and Symbolic effects for impact Morality Plays • Spiritual trials of ordinary people...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course THEATER 0805 taught by Professor Jenniferjacobs during the Fall '09 term at Temple.

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DI Lecture Notes - Review of Week 5& 6 • Eras – 60 Minutes to cover 2000 years of history…(33.3 years per minute o Greek City Dionysia = 4

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