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TDHT 23 - Lecture 13:05:00 Mashanalplay...

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Lecture 03/30/11 30/03/2011 13:05:00 Mashanal play Central character, young women driven by environment, past bonds of  endurance; her society and life crushes her Depiction of mechanized industrialized world (machine-like) o Helen is struggling against societal norms; can’t seem to fight it Expressionist stage of play City is run-down; dramatic; distorted Abstract set Another direction of expressionist Used for realist plays First done in late 19 th  century: full interior with table, chairs, etc. This production strips it all away… puts geometric texture instead, lots of  walls; sets certain kind of mood Don’t need a lot of stuff on stage to move audience Constructivist set Construction that allows movement in certain areas of the platforms, etc.  (architectural machine for acting on/for actors to move thru space) Constructive’s movement involved women, even though men were part of it Set appears different to audience depending on how actors use it Set allows theatrical production to be spontaneous and actors to move from  one place to another quickly
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Scotter – projection arena in theatre Set for Mashanal, things to focus on: Want you to think about what the set is? What is theatrical play suggesting? o Self-contained, short scenes in a montage o Stationed drama o Central figure moves from one pivotal experience to another, we see a  sequence of scenes that give us high/low point of journey o Play doesn’t try to bind these together; thru acts, there’s a different  action   rising (all events are linked) o One emotional situation leads to the next, etc. Hallmarks of Expressionist Drama Exotic scene structure Self-contained scenes How do they relate? How would you make them relate if you were the designer? How do you get from one to another? How do you tell this story? What kind of rhythm? Stationed drama?
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Journey of central character toward revelation? Telegraph style (clipped dialogue)? Minimal set (Shakespeare): things move around a lot so this is essential Sound Stage directions (and those that describe sound) The play: Struggle between central character and her envi Langston Hughes Best known as a poet Well known for plays, especially Mulatto “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” = poem that launched his career Harlem Renaissance Culture = uptown and downtown
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course TDHT 23 taught by Professor Rouse during the Spring '11 term at UCSD.

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