Lecture 1 & 2 Notes - I Storytelling a Theatre grows...

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I. Storytelling a. Theatre grows out of our natural desire to tell stories b. It’s the root of modern storytelling c. Film and tv are built fromit d. Stage used as metaphor for life e. Theatre focuses on human stories II. We use stories too.. a. Teach a.i. Morals, Ideas, History b. Ask questions b.i. Offer new ideas b.ii. Challenge audience opinions c. Entertain c.i. To laugh, be awed c.ii. Storytelling and spectacle d. Create community d.i. Face-to-face interaction important d.ii. A place to debate and enjoy ourselves collectively d.iii. Similarities to religion III. Theatre and its audience a. A simple relations a.i. Actor +audience= theatre a.ii. They react to each other in the moment a.iii. Audience completes the even b. Conventions b.i. “Rules of the game” b.ii. Contract b.iii. Agree what is real- “the wiling suspension of disbelief” b.iv. Conventions change PLAY READING BASICS (not tested on) I. Remember: a play is meant to be spoken aloud II. Elements of play scripts: a. Cast of characters (dramatis personae) b.

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