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Time and spaceoOrganizationoIdea of audience•Theatre combines many forms•A performing art:oUses ACTORS: performers (impersonate)•Who say “I” and mean somebody other than themselvesoPerform in the presence of live audience•Immediate and ephemeralo(strong sense of now, and cannot be repeated exactly)•Depends on action (stories and characters)•To bind theatrical event ( virtual worlds and people)•Virtual world is more intense and concentrated. Everything is palced and has meaning for the audience.oTransform through its own timeoNot a thing but a process•(Relationships between actor, action, audience, time and space.oLifelike but not life. ART IS ARTIFICIAL •SpacesoProscenium:•Most popular•Arch or frame that separates state and auditorium•Most have rigging, can “Fly” scenery, and “trap” under stage.•Creates “fourth wall”•Seats face the stage•The main stage at UH: The Wortham
oThrust:•Based on Elizabethan (Shakespearean) (Greek)•No arch or frame•Changes relationship to the audience.•More intimateoArena-theatre in the round.•Audience surrounds the playing space•Less effects, more intimacy•All changes happen in full view of the audience•Originally part of rituals.oOther spaces include•Non theatre•Found spaces•Adapted spaces•Black box (quintero)•Drama Structure – Steps to a well-made playoDramatic structure involves the overall framework or method the playwright uses to organize the dramatic material and action.•Basic play structure/Freytag’s triangle•Exposition – introduction of conflict – rising action – climax – falling action – resolution – recall action•Exposition/PrologueoInformation that sets the sceneoWe meet characters and become familiar with what has happened up to the beginning of the playoWe are introduced to the plot•Point of attack/inciting the incident/introduction of conflictoThe conflict or problem the play is introduced at the point of attackoThe protagonist takes their first action against the conflict at the inciting incidentoThese can sometimes appear as the same event•Rising action/complicationoThe protagonist tries t find ways to solve or end the conflict(discovery), but the conflict continues due to another obstacle (reversal)oThe antagonist may set up blocks which prevent the conflict from being solvedoThe plot does not resolve the conflict•Crisis/climaxoThe moment in the play when the conflict is addressedoThe protagonist either succeeds or fails but the conflict is endedoAll moments of the play lead up to this pointoOften it is the point of the most tension for the audience•Falling action or denouement