Part One - Review Chapters 1, 2, 11, 12, and 13Chapter 9...

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Review Chapters 1, 2, 11, 12, and 13…Chapter 9 will be on the next quiz. Read Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Top Dog Under Dog Part One – Foundations I. Part One – Foundations A. Theatre is a complex art at least 2500 years old, and has been as diverse as the cultures in which it has appeared. A.1. It has undergone many changes and followed diverse paths B. Such diversity invites questions about what theatre’s varied manifestations have in common and the significance of their differences B.1. It also invites questions about theatre’s appeal: B.1.a. Why do people create theatre? B.1.b. What attracts audiences to it? B.1.c. What makes one production seem better to us than another? C. Part One examines some basic issues: C.1. The nature and function of theatre C.2. The relationship of theatre to other art forms C.3. Criteria for judging theatrical performances C.4. How play scripts are structured D. These explorations will help build the foundation for a fuller understanding and appreciation of theatre and the processes of theatrical production Chapter 1 - The Nature of Theatre Terminology T heatre Drama Theatrical conventions Prior censorship Self-censorship Esthetic distance Willing suspension of disbelief Empathy Multiple types of intelligence Outline I. Theatre’s Origins A. Tribal rituals, storytelling and mimicry B. Theatre achieved a distinct identity 2500 years ago B.1. During its long history, theatre has been both denounced and praised, and its value frequently questioned II. Some have deemed theatre as immature, immoral or dangerous and others as acceptable entertainment or a truthful reflection of human behavior III. The Basic Elements of Theatre A. What is performed (the script, scenario or plan) A.1. “A performs B for C” A.1.a. “A” = Producers, directors, designers, performers, etc A.1.b. “B” = Script, scenario or plan A.1.c. “C” = Audience A.2. There is a great diversity in “what” can be performed B. The performance (the production)
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B.1. The people whose efforts make a production happen: producer, director, actors, designers, etc. B.2. Production components: the play, acting, scenery, costumes, lighting, music, dance C. The audience C.1. Continuous feedback between the performers and the audience, as well as among audience members affects the performance experience C.2. Audience expectations and motivations affect what is performed C.3. Not all theatre will appeal to all segments of the public IV. Theatre as a Form of Art A. Theatre should entertain, but not everyone finds the same things entertaining B. What is art? B.1. Art is often depicted as too complex to be fully understandable B.2. The unfamiliar makes us uncomfortable B.3. The many different attitudes about what art is “worthwhile” and what art is not, may stem from our cultural perspective or the context in which the art is presented B.3.a. Popular culture vs. elitist culture B.3.b. The use of unfamiliar or strange theatrical conventions may confuse spectators
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Part One - Review Chapters 1, 2, 11, 12, and 13Chapter 9...

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