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11Unit OneIntroduction2Things to ponderWhat do the scenes depicted in the introduction have in common? Not just the pictures, but the scenes depicted in the writing?What does this tell you about theatre?3Passage of timeTheatre is and has always been a part of all cultures and civilizations from African tribes the Egyptians, the Greeks, to the Elizabethans to the Moscow Art theatre to the current scene in US. Actually Theatre or elements of theatre are in every civilization.
24“Theatre is at once a showcase, a forum, a medium through which a society displays its ideas, fashions, moralities and entertainments and debates its conflicts, dilemmas and struggles. “Cohen Page 45Theatre ParadoxesHow are these statements true?Theatre is spontaneous but rehearsed.It is participatory but presented.It is real but simulated.It is understandable but obscure.It is unique to the moment, but repeatable.The actor are themselves and characters.The audience believes but it does not.The audience is involved but it is apart.6Unit one Chapter 1What Is Theatre?
37DefinitionGreek rootsTheatron= seeing placeDran= to doRoman rootsAuditorium= place to hear8The Many Meanings of TheatreBuildingSpacePlace of operationActivityCompany of playersOccupation9As a BuildingThe minimal requirements: A place to act and a place to watchPeter Brock’s “empty space”With text it is also a place to hear( acousticsfrom the Greek acoustos=heard)With the practice of selling tickets came the physical separation of actors and audience
410As a Company of PlayersTheatre is a collaborative art.Touring began as early as the third century BCE.A troupeA category of associated dramatic workAmerican theatreDance-theatreElizabethan Theatre11As an OccupationTheatre is workProducingDirectingActingDesigningBuildingCrewingStage managingHouse managingPlaywrighting – “play maker” , not “play writer”. 12Theatre As PlayPlay=jeu=spie=ludi, all refer not only to Child’s play but also to the main product of theatre work Games and theatreShare a history.Share elements.Children's role playing and theatreSports and theatre“Theatre is the Art of making play into work”zCohen page 14
513Theatre as ArtArtistic work-CreativityImaginationElegancePoweraesthetic harmonyfineness of formTheatre captures something of the human spirit and touches upon the meaning of life.14Theatre as impersonationImpersonation is unique to theatreImpersonation is the single most important aspect of theatreAncients used Masks. Today we also use makeup as well as masks.Denis Diderot- “paradox of the actor”-when the actor has perfected his/her art, it is the simulated character who is real while the real person ( actor) has no apparent life.

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