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Unformatted text preview: Renaissance (14 th-15 th centuries)- Based on the work of Roman plays.- Italian drama replaces medieval religious shit.- NEO-CLASSICAL: based on Aristotle’s poetics Commedia Dell’arte- Comedy performed by professionals. - Highly valued because of their level of performance- Stock characters (pantalone (miserly old man), arlecchino-cunning clown, punch and judy – the lovers, columbina-zonni servant)- General stock characters: pedantic lawyers, braggert captain, and a serving maid.- Actors wore masks less, or half masks- Actors often played one character their whole lives- Improvisation- Simple and looked improvised.- Burla- general plot for any given performance- Lazzi – comic routines, carefully planned to look like spontaneous interruptions of the show. Stage- Stage, staggered wings and a painted backdrop giving a sense of perspective, vanishing point- Sebastiano Serlio – Italian designer who had all purpose settings for comedy, tragedy, and satire- Inigo Jones: see Jacobean Court Masques- 1 st theater to use changeable scenery.- Proscenium arch – a frame that surrounds the stage – most important and long lasting development of Italian theater Elizabethan Drama (1558- 1603…Queen Elizabeth’s Reign)- Queen Elizabeth “The Virgin Queen.” Strong personality, encouraged the arts.- Many plays of moral value, but morals weren’t necessarily the goal or message.- Most playwrights were educated men…”University Wits”- Modeled strongly from classic and Medieval dramas. A Blend- Plays of LANGUAGE and WORDS, and audiences valued these very much.- Repertory: stock of perhaps a dozen plays that players could perform themselves, derived from unknown sources. Stage/Theater- Early…plays performed in the courts of inns.- Moved to larger scales… The Globe, The Swan, The Rose, The Fortune, The Hope- 2000-3000 people capacity.- Circular/octagonal in shape, but it was not a 360 degree stage....
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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.
- Fall '08