Drama Exam 1 Study Guide

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Drama Exam 1 Study Guide Theater in General - Theatre: a performance that places human experience before a group of people (an audience) in the present moment. - Theatrical Illusion: Theater creates the illusion that as we watch, we are sharing the experience with others for the first time. - Immediacy: Theater is one of the most immediate ways of experiencing another’s concept of life – of what it means to be human. Because we are watching the actions live - Doubleness: art mirroring life, life mirroring art, the stage, like the mirror, shows audiences both their good and bad qualities along with an accurate reflection of the time, we believe in what is happening before us and disbelieve in the pretense - Aliveness: it’s a living art form, continually before us in real time until the final moment of the play Four Parallels - Actors--------humanity - Simulation------reality - Rehearsal-----spontaneity - Audiences-----society - Big Four: actor, audience, action, space. - Audiences: expect plays to relate to real life, go to the theater expecting the familiar, collective response, act of discovery - THEATER SPACES…? Elements of Drama - Plot: action of the play - Exposition: what happened before the play began - Suspense: used to build tension - Rising Action: Audience wonders what will happen, sees characters in motion, questions answered one by one - Climax: action reaches its peak, revelation is experienced by main character - Movement: stage directions and how the characters move-perhaps even the significance of their movements - Theme/Spine: message of the play Origins of Drama (Greek) - Ritual vs. Drama: Ritual is concerned with the protection of the tribe and to protect or feel. Theater deals with the mystery, history, and ambiguity of human events and is to please and entertain - Greek Drama, based a lot on Dionysus (greek god of fertility and agriculture, of life giving power). - Festivals: rural dionysia at the end of Dec, Lenea in Jan, Anthesteria in Feb, Great Dionysus (City of Dionysia) - City of Dionysia: 5 day festival, full of Dithrymbic contests, ancient Greek hymns sung in honor of Dionysus. Satyr plays, prizes awarded. - Three tragedies and one satyr plays were what tragedians wrote.
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- Chorus: to commemorate the Gods death, a group of chanters. Portrays normal human society. Called goat singers, as they danced around an altar on which a goat was sacrificed. Their chant was called the “goat- song,” or TRAGOS. Shared audiences reactions to events and characters. Wore masks that were similar to each other but different
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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