Contemporary Drama

Contemporary Drama - conception of their meaning Theater of...

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Theater of Cruelty o Removed the comforting distance between audience and actor o Audience involved in direct physical fashion o Total theater emphasized gesture, music, sound, light, and other non-verbal elements Environmental o Richard Schechner's Dionysus in 1969 o Audience was inspired and invited to join in ritual reenactment of Greek religious orgy o Julian Beck, Judith Melina's Living Theater Paradise Now (1968) - BEST EXAMPLE Poor theater o Jerzy Grotowski - this theater was "poor" in contrast to "rich" commercial theater o He used preexisting texts but interpreted them in a broader context, a total re-
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Unformatted text preview: conception of their meaning Theater of Images o Robert Wilson - multimedia dramas that take hours to perform, historical in nature Extensive patterns of repetition Evocative and enigmatic patters Gay and Lesbian Theater o Long marginalized and excluded from representation in the mainstream playwrights and theater companies Applied Drama o An umbrella term for the wider use of drama practice in a specific social context and environment o Doesn't have to take place in a conventional theater space...
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