American Drama

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Unit 3- American Drama Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:57 PM Method acting -variation on training from Russia -no clear distinction between performer and the character (become one) -actor transforms from role to role -inner truth has to be grasped first -exploring characters that are hard to relate to initially (anti-hero) -exploring characters deeply -example- film version of Streetcar Named Desire (1951)- clash between urban present and the past -example- Rebel Without a Cause (1955)- kid wants to turn himself into a police because he participated in a drag race where the opponent died Stanislavsky in America: Method Acting Timeline: 1897-MAT (Moscow Art Theatre) founded: Stanislavsky's System 1923-MAT tours to USA 1923-1933 ALT (American Laboratory Theatre) founded in US 1931-1941 US: The Group Theatre 1947-present US: The Actors Studio: Lee Strasberg's Method Vocab Subtext Method acting Anti hero- personality traits that are undesirable but are made compelling People Konstantin Stanislavsky Lee Strasberg- adapted Russian techniques (method training) Elia Kazan- famous director, introduced on screen and stage actors with method training Conventional Acting Method Acting Impersonation- play the parts Immersion- live the parts Stereotyping Specificity Simulation Truth "playing a role" "living a part" -example- Goodfellas (1990) American Drama A Streetcar Named Desire
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o Both psychological and social/political aspects o Clash between pre-WWII and post-WWII society o Pre-WWII- romantic, rural o Post-WWII- industrious, urban Fences Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Playwriting and Theatre Practice Naturalism and Its Variants Family Plays American Identity and the American Dream Tennessee Williams o Perseverance in sharing the truth o Expressive on ongoing evolution of the 20th century o Strong presence of American themes o Vulnerability and brutality in characters o Human intimacy and closeness- turn dangerous o America's self-contradictions Core American Beliefs/Myths -self-determination, individualism, self-invention (identity) o Can rise above the circumstances o Make our own way or fortune o Belief in progress (always bigger and better)- upwards slope o Perfectibility- can make the world better and more equal o Don't have a tragic destiny -America discovers psychology in the 1920s -1930s-American dramatists concerned about politics -example- A Streetcar Named Desire- scene 3- poker night Streetcar Named Desire -Stanley and Blanche are antithetical -Stanley o man of the present, realistic o Trying to drive blanche out of the house b/c she sees like an obstacle to their happiness by turning Stella against Stanley o Brutally frank o Violent o Emotionally unstable o Rapes Blanche- need to dominate -Blanche o romantic illusionist
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o Says she is adaptable but her behavior contradicts that o Refuses to commit to reality- makes excuses for herself and her behavior o Thinks herself a southern bell but her behavior contradicts that -Stella o She adapts to the current situations
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