Drama 116 Notes

Drama 116 Notes - Romantic Drama o British romantic poets...

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18th-19th Century Political Events o American Revolution o French Revolution o Napoleon claims to be Emperor o Civil War o Emphasis on personal liberty Technical Innovations in Theater o Gas Jets Lights could be dimmed in the theater and as a result the house could be gradually or completely darkened Selective lighting could heighten emotional effect of plays Actors moved off of the apron and deeper into set o Scenery Machinery lifted actors from the stage Flies or fly galleries above the stage permitted scene changes and other dramatic effects o Stage Apron shrank Proscenium opening became a "fourth wall" o Lighting was placed in between scenery and behind proscenium Production Changes o In 1840, costumes began to accurately reflect the period of the drama o Designers began to research the period of the play in an effort to reproduce accurate clothing o Good lighting demanded better scenery and costumes o The director arose due to emerging complexity, he/she fulfilled a need
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Unformatted text preview: Romantic Drama o British romantic poets • John Keats • Percy Bysshe Shelly • Lord Byron o Closet Dramas - plays to be read, not produced • Melodrama o Melo - means song • Originally resembled comic operettas o Later developed into dramas using background music to alter the mood o Virtuous maiden, unscrupulous landlord o Plays were sentimental with well-defined heroes, heroines, and villains o Lots of twists and turns in the plots o Strong emotional appeal o Decisive endings o Camiile by Alexadre Dumas, Opera by La Traviata, Uncle Tom's Cabin - Novel and drama • "The well-made play" - Eugene Scribe o Exposition - an explanation of what is going on and one or two surprises o Surprise - a letter opened at a critical moment o Suspense - steadily built throughout the play o Climax - late in the play, secrets are revealed, hero confronts antagonist and wins o Denouement - resolution of the drama, all loose ends are tied up...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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