Renaissance Drama

Renaissance Drama - • Pantalone miserly old man •...

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Renaissance occurred between the 14th and 15th centuries, began to replace religious, mystery, and morality plays with secular drama They based this work on Roman plays, which based their work on Greek plays o Neoclassic drama - Based on Aristotle's Poetics Verisimilitude - the appearance of truth Commedia dell'arte o Comedy of professional player o Highly valued because of the high level of performance o Stock characters o Improvisation Commedia dell'arte was simple and appeared to be improvised. The burla was the general plot for any given performance. Lazzo or lazzi were comic routines. Pantalone, Arlecchino (Harlequin), Punch and Judy, Columbina o These are all stock characters because their behavior was predictable o Actors often played one character their entire lifetime
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Unformatted text preview: • Pantalone - miserly old man • Arlecchino (Harlequin) - cunning clown • Punch and Judy - the lovers • Columbina - zanni servant o Players still used masks to portray characters • Italian-inspired Designs o Designed space with stage and staggered wings and painted backdrop that gave a sense of perspective, vanishing point o Italian designer - Sebastian Serilo o 1st theater to use changeable scenery o Introduced proscenium arch to theater developed from Roman theater • The most important and long-lasting development of Italian theater in the mid-1500s was the proscenium arch, a "frame" that surrounds the stage, permitting the audience and distancing the actors...
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