Terms and Concepts Study Guide

Terms and Concepts Study Guide - THE 191 Fall 2011 Terms...

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THE 191 Fall 2011 Terms and Concepts Study Guide Catharsis : The purging of the feelings of pity and fear that, according to Aristotle, occur in the audience of tragic drama. The audience experiences catharsis at the end of the play, following the catastrophe. Empathy : The ability to understand and share the feelings of another Aesthetic Distance : a degree of detachment from or nonidentification with the characters or circumstances of a work of art Mimesis : the artists process of imitating character and action Hypokrites : A person who indulges in hypocrisy Stage Directions - Upstage - Downstage - Center - Cross - Stage Left - Stage Right Thrust Space : one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its up stage end - A thrust has the benefit of greater intimacy between performers and the audience than a proscenium - Entrances onto a thrust are most readily made from backstage, although some theatres provide for performers to enter through the audience using vomitory entrances Proscenium Space : primary feature is a large frame or arch (called the proscenium arch even though it is frequently not a rounded archway at all) - Located at or near the front of the stage - Audience directly faces the stage - The space that holds the audience is called the "house" Arena Space : any theatre space in which the audience surrounds the stage area - Requires no stage curtain, little scenery and allows the audience to sit on all sides of the stage Black Box : a relatively recent innovation, consisting of a simple, somewhat unadorned performance space, usually a large square room with black walls and a flat floor Environmental Theatre : a performance which exists in a particular place Found Space : A stage can also be improvised where ever a suitable space can be found - Examples -staging a performance in a non traditional space such as: A basement of a building A side of a hill The street Site-Specific Performance : a performance which exists in a particular place - Example: performing a play in a forest that is set in the forest Aristotle’s Six Elements of a Play
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- Plot : the story line of a play developed through a logical unfolding of a series of events; also indicated a very detailed layout of lighting, properties, etc. - Character : representing a personality type, especially by emphasizing distinctive traits, as language , mannerisms, physical makeup, etc. - Thought : - Language : Word Choice - Music : - Spectacle : Levels of Characterization : qualities and traits assigned to a character by the playwright; biological, physical, psychological/emotional, social, and ethical Metatheatre : a production or play that self-consciously comments on the play as taking place in a theatre Episodic Plot : a structure term describing a play with an early point of attack; selected dramatized moments in the story are separated by breaks in action
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course THE 191 taught by Professor Shaw during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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Terms and Concepts Study Guide - THE 191 Fall 2011 Terms...

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