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Fires in the mirror: Author: Anna Devere Smith (1992) Medea Series of monologues and argument between characters. Choral Passages Setting of the play is in the Greek city state of Corinth, in front of the house of Medea Author: Euripides (431 BCE) Hedda Gabler Linier Plot Setting of play is in Hedda’s house Ibsen uses light for dramatic purposes manipulating time of day, firelight, and lamplight to illuminate Hedda’s descent toward death. Picture of hedda’s father hands in inner room, defining a private space to which Hedda increasingly retreats Significant prop: the pistols Hedda alludes to lovborg “with wine leaves in his hair” as an allusion to Dionysus Domesticity- overwhelming space Captivity- o Doors being closed Issues of Identity were big in Hedda gabbler o True vs. false identity Names language Author: Henrik Ibsen (1890) The importance of being Earnest Epigrams, colloquial speech Author: Oscer Wilde (1895) Guide to Basic Elements of Theatre Scenery : Environment conditions, Movement potential, Style, Color, texture, line, and rhythm, Scene changes, Relationship to audience Acting : Voice, Body, Ensemble, Style, Costume Lighting : Focusing attention, Texture and pattern, Direction and color, Style, Rhythm Costumes : Socio-economic class, Environmental conditions, Occupation, Culture, Mood and temperament, Relationship to the play and other characters, Costume changes, Movement potential Spatial Relationships : Areas, Levels, Distance, Rhythm and line, Change, Relationship to audience Sound: Environmental conditions, Style, Mood, Rhythm, Volume, Live or recorded Aristotle’s 6 Elements Plot - the sequence of events, most important Characters - Persons who carry out the actions Thought - passages where the poet sets forth an argument Verbal expression - the conveyance of though through language Song - composition - the strongest appeal to the emotions
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Visual adornment - visual effects such as costumes, masks, scenic effects, decorative elements Basic Configuration of typical ancient Greek theatre ( Technological capabilities limited to the machine) Theatre Conventions of Greeks vs. Modern Greek: Religious festival Late march/early April, 4-5 days Procession of Phalli, military tribute, sacrifice 18,000 in attendance (largest public gathering) Publicly funded, subsidized tickets Contest among playwrights o 3 days of tragic, 1 day of comic Chorus and 1-3 actors (All male) Song, dance, mask o Produced by a wealthy citizen Prominent military presence Nature of stories o Popular myths o Contest/suffering Debate between characters, and between characters and chorus, over which action to take Plots surround horrific acts/mistakes that lead to greater suffering Pride and mistake o RESTRICTIONS!! No onstage violence
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course THEATRE 120 taught by Professor Kristinhunt during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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