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Theatre January 23, 12 Why is theatre is art : Expressive, interpretative, storytelling, imagination, creativity, reflective, aesthetics, captures something of the human experience. The playwright Plays as literary undertaking: how distinct form other forms of literature. A playwright is someone who makes the plays- not just writes plays Conceptualization of interactions of: movement, speech, scenery, costume, staging, music, spectacle and silence. Impact depends on collective endeavor. Appreciation spontaneous and immediate. Only truly finished when performed. Some literary values do have relevance (use of language, descriptive precision, metaphor, etc), but effective only insofar as they stimulate action and behavior on stage in a way that commands the audience’s attention. How do they do it? The core of every play is: Action. And Dialogue. Import aspects of Dialogue Speakability: a line of dialogue should be written so that is achieves the maximum impact when spoken- and is a believable thing for the character
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Unformatted text preview: to say. • Stageability: written so that it can be spoken effectively on the stage. • Flow : continual stream of information – a play must be continually saying something, doing something, moving forward. Depth of characterization Every character possesses an independence of intention, expression, and motivation – and they are sensible within the plays’ understanding of human psychology. Other important parts of great plays • Gravity : central theme is one of serious and lasting significance in humanity’s life. • Pertinence : play touches on current audience concerns, both of the moment and timeless. • Compression : playwright’s skill in condensing a story into a theatrical time frame. • Economy : skill in elimination/consolidating characters, events, locales in the service of compression. • Intensity : conveys that a moment of theatre is unique and revelations profound....
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