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Theatre vs. Theater o Theatre = subject matter, theatre as an art form o Theater = the place o Comes from Greek word Theatron (seeing place) Drama vs. Theatre o Drama = text o Theatre = subject matter, lighting, actors, directors, etc. Performance vs. Theatre o Performance = carrying out an action o Theatre = a type of performance Aesthetics o Study of what we view beautiful o Changes depending on time period/culture Performance o Goffman: “Restored Behavior” Physical or verbal actions that are not done for the first time, prepared or rehearsed o Schechner Mark identities, tell stories, adorn the body, bend time o Theatre is a subset of performance; performance can happen outside of theatre Origins of Theatre o Religious and cultural ritual o Oral history (words transmitted over time) o Greek Theatre 5 th century BC: outdoor theatre, festival lasted all day o English Theatre (1400s) performances along a route, short biblical plays o How is theatre different today in US? Not as public, must pay to enter What constitutes theatre? o Eric Bently: A performs B for C o Brockett: A performs B for C in X (also intention is key) What makes theatre theatre? o Live o Aesthetic distance (must suspend your disbelief, realize its fake) o Multi-sensory o Immediate o Collaborative o Ephemeral (can never be recreated) Goals of theatre (not mutually exclusive) o Entertainment o Educate o Agitation (an uncomfortable idea that gets you thinking) o Social control (propaganda, racism) o Documentation Theatrical spaces o Why isn’t the classroom a theatrical stage? No intent o Space greatly affects interaction b/w performer and audience
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o Basic characteristics Degree of formality Size (small/intimate vs. large/impersonal) Configuration (how the space is arranged) Types of theatrical space Proscenium (paints the scene) o Audience is looking through the 4 th wall Thrust stage o Extends out into the audience on three sides Arena stage o Audience surrounds the stage Black box/flexible/”studio space” o Chairs that can move, black walls Production design o Creates sensory moods for audience o Scenic design, lighting design, costume/make up, sound, actors and directors Playwriting and Dramaturgy o The playwright = creator of the script, most removed from play production process o Dramaturgy = internal critic Finds and shapes plays/works with directors on specific production of play Producers and Directors o Producer = business manager of production o Director = decides interpretation of script and production ceremony Casts and rehearses with performers Works with designers Integrates all elements into a finished product The Story of the Play o Dramatic Action – what physically happens in a play o Stanislavsky – the spine (you can take a play and boil it down to its central action) Effective dramatic action: o Completeness (beginning, middle, end) o Deliberately shaped (everything has purpose) o Variety
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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