LECTURE NOTES

LECTURE NOTES - THET110-Intro To Theater Why do we go to...

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THET110-Intro To Theater 03:20 Why do we go to movies more often than the theater? Cost Accessibility Visual Advertisement PROBLEM: “The Greying of the American Audience” leading to theaters trying to be edgier Why do we study theater? Universality of theater Innate mimetic desire in humans Mimesis=imitation The definition of theater: Theater must have: 1 ) An actor 2) A story/text 3) An audience 1 performs 2 for 3 “liveliness” Communication Interaction Model:  Message  sender receiver
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 feedback  3-Way Theatrical Interaction performers audience audience performers audience  audience theater is ephemeral:  lasting only temporarily How audiences negotiate theater Theatrical Convention Rules, practices, or shorthand that audiences agree to accept Willing suspension of disbelief Although audiences know the events of a play are not real, they agree for the moment to not disbelieve them Aesthetic Distance Audiences remember that events on stage are not real so they do not intervene
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THET110- Theatre Etiquette 03:20 BEFORE: Appropriate dress Arrive early Read program DURING: Avoid noise Site lines No food or wrappers! No talking, or singing No phones AFTER: No early departures Standing ovations---only when necessary “The Three-Block Rule”---don’t talk about the performance until you are far away How to think critically about a play The theater production is the sum of a set of choices: Playwright Artistic director Director “Director’s Concept” --- how the director visualizes individual productions Director cannot change script of a play, but can change stage directions Designers Actors As an audience member, ask yourself: What choices were made by the people involved? How and when do they work? What was attempted? Was it accomplished? Is it valuable?
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THET110-Directing 03:20 History of Directing
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THET110-Directing 03:20 Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Wrote operas (German) Unified production (Gesam Kunstwerk—German) Called a “Master Artist” Prior to Wagner (before 19 th cent.) it is most likely that actors used to direct themselves Directors Concept/Thematic Thrust Overall image or metaphor for the play The directors main jobs are: Interpretation Unification Communication GUEST LECTURER-SCOT REESE (director): What made you decide to work as an actor/director? Music major and theater minor from Illinois Went to UCLA Did soap operas in LA Moved to NY Did Broadway Daytime on “The Today Show” won an Emmy Award
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THET110-Directing 03:20 Moved to Chicago to direct Moved to Maryland for the great theater scene What do you see as the job of a director? Interpreter: read and analyze play to interpret it for performance Unification: collaboration to have a unified theme/concept Communicator: communicate with the audience What is the process a director goes through? Hired by an artistic director
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