Theater Appreciation Notes
Extra credit rules:
a. Assume the reader has already seen the play dont describe the plot
b. Make a statement and then support why
c. Dont worry about making things flow
d. Due date 2 weeks after seeing the show and the next
Class 1- 10.27
Class 2- 10.29
Class 3- 11.3
Stage Manager: conducts the piece by calling the cues.
Person to go to when something doesnt happen as planned.
Go -> standby -> warning
The book can be handed to any sta
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The budget has to balance in any situation
Two types of theatre:
o Donors (4 types)
1. Individuals largest category
4. Government story about Stan getting mad
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1st Year: Independent Activity
Bring to life an imaginary circumstance
Be in the moment
Whats at Stake, what would it mean to fail or succeed. Keep raising the stakes
throughout the year.
Start sharing circumstances with pa
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People that preformed in castle scene we are taxpayers!
Did time and are now out (were incarcerated)
Is your freedom worth a pair of pants
Castle creates environment of warmth, opportunity, and possibility
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1st stage 5 steps want to learn? Go to experts playwrights
o Step 1 inspiration/metaphor no idea they were going to write this play,
once it happened would not let it go
Example. Nichol Ave. used to be a t
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Bill Bowers Mime
Silver Dollar Saloon about a new cowboy who goes to a saloon and
indirectly kills another man (ricochet bullet). Rides a mechanical toy
supermarket horse at the end. Drinks whiskey and swallows chewing Tab
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Theater is an action not a location.
Theater is an event that requires an actor/audience relationship/agreement in a
momentary suspension of disbelief of an imaginary circumstance
Theatron Greek for semicircu
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Part 1 = Act 1 and 2
Part 2 = Act 3
Agamemnon, Electra, Orestes
Electra and Orestes are siblings
Deus ex machina Machine of the Gods. Traditional Greek play ending. One
of the Gods (Apollo in Oresteia) woul
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Public domain owned by everybody
Every actor goes through an audition to get the role first part of audition is a monologue
or soliloquy; second round is script (side) given at a callback
Cold reading only 5 or 10 minutes gi
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Table work actors in a room, at a table, reading script aloud, look for comments
Give a concise background of world of play
Try to resolve any problems with the play
Expression when an actor knows all of their lines off b
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Another Sanford Meisner credo: Acting is doing
Naturally wired to be in stasis (calmness)
Body people come in all shapes and sizes
Body is happiest at middle-range of emotions
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Table Work seated reading; working with director
Blocking (Actor Movement) directions of what do to from the director; movements
while reading script. Movement a director gives an actor on stage = blocking
Off Book - memoriz
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Headshot or resume is what attracts an actor to a director/producer
Actor is a product. Hiring an actor is subjective to needs. Unlike other jobs, race
comes into play, as well as, age, ethnicity, gender, height, and weight.
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TKTS abbreviation for the word tickets booth in Harold Square Times Square area
producers send extra tickets to the booth. Midtown Manhattan; 47th and Broadway.
Assignment: Think of someone that theater cannot happen withou
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Context an understanding of the world that you are observing
*extra credit godspell the weekend before thanksgiving, somerset county votech
- your opinion, assessment of the play
- dont put too much plot
- play v
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Past Dated Ticket Policy New York City only can bring past tickets to box office
in exchange for new tickets will work if show is not sold out allows you to see a
show in which your ticket has expired for
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2nd Year = The Script
Words you must say
Begins with short scripts with 2 people talking to each other, with not much
o Actors go to a public place where there are other people present and
perform the script and
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The Director (Continued)
Script Analysis - take the words laying on the piece of paper and making them 3
dimensional make them something compelling
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Multi-faceted: many different jobs
o Calendars/Schedules rehearsals, meetings; schedule is day by day
and hour by hour (when peroformances begin and end), Contact lists,
Rehearsal reports, Prop lis
By what method process do actors make others aware of their tongue? (To cast other
There are many styles of auditioning - audition process
First round: prepared crafted piece of texts(monologue)
Then: Soliloquy a monologue of someones thoughts.
1. Ideas of context
Understanding the context of what is happening, to engage, to care, to be interest in.
If we enter earlier, we would have context. Such as why it is so important.
Listen carefully of what they are going to say.
Show up early; Listen C
Where did the theater all begin?
-Goes as far back as cave drawings
Something in our being that tells us we need this (storytelling)
3 big EsWhy has storytelling lasted so long?
E-words: education, enlightenment, educate
Guest Lecturer: Joe Disher Shakespeare - greater playwright
Plays played in the Globe in London
-Upper level for the rich
-regular people on the floor
Suspend your disbelief - accept the sources reality
Use your Imagination first
The Movement Project
The call of the Void. Dancing with death. Sculpture and statue - water and clay
hardening and crumbling. Natural disasters and effects thereafter.
The work is focusing on the presence or call of the void.
-What is the void? Is it
Guest Lecturer - Jason Goldstein
1. What is musical theater
-Is a form of theater that combines music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance
-The emotional content of the piece - humor, pathos, love, anger - as well as the
story itself, is
Fear and Misery: Germany theater
Fear in the third reich
Bertol Brecht. Founder of alienation affect: Stripping down bear, create a sense of
curiosity. Looks mess. Strip theater of traditional setting
Part of alienation affect.
Actors came off stage
This is the true joy of life The being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a
-George Bernard Shaw
Damn it, I love you too much not to say it! Youve got everything - youth, brains - but
the one thing you lack is madness.
Social justice genesis
Single Black Female
-Look into two young womens experiences as single black females
-Feel like conversation happening. Familiar setting. Understanding, perspective,
-First 20 minutes, energetic. Last 20 minutes, mute.
The director is responsible for the text, not playwrights vision.
-Stage direction (while walking, etc.)
-Point of view (Sarcastically , etc.)
(in Weebs basement, etc.)
Text (speech) is the on