class 2 notes - Introduction to Theatre and Drama 23:02...

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Introduction to Theatre and Drama 23:02 Theatre needs only 3 things Performers Audience Story Julie Taymor with Penn and Teller on Julie Taymor’s production of  The Tempest Penn and Teller: Elephants vs. mice tricks Julie Taymor defines theatre as the interaction between the performers and the masks Humanity and the Theory of Theatre Meaning comes from gestures Humans are meaning-making machines We’re sometimes right and sometimes very wrong Ex. “Awa” on a shirt means Delaware to us but Hawaii to instructor Purpose of this class is to give us tools to help us understand our aesthetic decisions Theatre Conventions Theatre behaves according to particular rules called conventions The willing suspension of disbelief The fourth wall Aesthetic distance and breaking the fourth wall Presentational vs. Representational Presentational
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Recognizing/addressing the audience during the production Audience is part of the show Representational Representing a “real” world separate from the audience Like peeping through a window Lighting Conventions are the rules by which the audience and the actors play the game of  theatre: like curtain calls, turning off cell phones, etc. Conventions combine with gestures to make the backbone of the theatrical experience Theatre does not happen in the mind of the audience or on stage but in between Mediated entertainment constrains the spectator Theatre involves the audience, which is why a show is not the same every time nor is  the same with a different audience Humanity and the Theory of Theatre-Performance We perform all the time
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course THEA 104 taught by Professor Tague during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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class 2 notes - Introduction to Theatre and Drama 23:02...

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