Empirical is what you can observeb.Expressionismb.i.Protagonist’s perspective dramatized- distorted by emotionb.ii.Wants us to look through the world through the character’s eyesb.iii.World often seen as cold, mechanicalb.iv.Spiritual awakeningsb.iv.1.They discover there is more to them than what’s on the surfacec.Dadaism & surrealismc.i.Dada: chaotic view of the worldc.ii.Created collage music/playsc.iii.Designed to challenge audiencec.iii.1.Trying to get audience to wake upc.iii.1.a.Ex. Character yelling shit as the opening linec.iii.1.b.Rock the boatc.iv.Surrealism: dramatize subconscious, dreamsd.Absurdismd.i.Characters stuck in bizarre situationsd.i.1.Showing things that are absurd. Origins of cringe comedyd.i.1.a.People are stuck in weird situations d.ii.Circular/static plotsd.iii.Sparse languaged.iii.1.They don’t know how to explain themselvesd.iii.2.Have problems with communication
e.Bertolt Brecht & Epic Theatree.i.Alienate the audience: thing, not feele.ii.Use history to comment on presente.ii.1.Always set his plays in the past to comment on the presente.iii.Remind audience they are in the theatre:e.iii.1.Didn’t want you to get caught up in the story. You should remember you’re in the audiencee.iii.2.Open stagecrafte.iii.3.Musical numberse.iii.4.Puppetse.iii.5.Narratorse.iii.6.Filme.iii.7.Don’t make it too realisticIV.Lynn Nottage (b.1964) & Crumbsa.Capturing African American experienceb.Often focused on women and familiesc.Crumbs (written 1995) – set in 1950’s Brooklynd.Generational conflicte.Conflicting political ideas within familyI.The actors functiona.To create an intellectual and emotional illusionb.To project that illusion from stage to audiencec.Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstancesII.The actors toolsa.Bodyb.Voicec.Imaginationd.IntelligenceIII.The actors traininga.Movementa.i.Neutral bodya.i.1.Actors know how they themselves move and need to train themselves so they can change the way they move like the charactera.i.2.Flexibilitya.i.3.Strengtha.i.4.Dance
a.i.5.Stage combata.ii.Voice a.ii.1.Neutral voicea.ii.1.a.Projection a.ii.1.b.Articulationa.ii.1.c.Singinga.ii.1.d.DialectsIV.The actor’s stagesa.Preparationa.i.Analyse the script/charactera.i.1.Given circumstancesa.i.2.How does the character move?a.i.3.What does the character… want? Say? Mean (subtext)?a.i.4.Shat do others say about the character?b.Rehearsalb.i.Rehearsal process: experimentation, then selectionb.ii.Lines and blockingb.iii.Collaborationb.iv.Improvisationb.v.Curiosityb.vi.Willing to fail and try againc.Performancec.i.Energy –fresh each nightc.ii.In the momentc.iii.Know your space proximity to audiencec.iv.Feed off each otherV.End resultsa.Stage presence-audience wants to watch it. Charisma. Ability to be at ease on stageb.Consistent performancec.