Theatre- the workload of an upper level pre-med class, but opened my eyes to things that I never would have noticed or learned if not for this class.
ecstasis- out of body experience. Being ripped apart from your body.
Theatre- a place to see or place of seeing. Comes from Greek word, Theatron
A Theatre- a building with stage. Both a noun and verb. Also both a culture and subculture.
Theatre Equation: A (actor) pretends to be X (character) while S (audience) looks
Live Theatre- reality- real time, people, and place
-ephemerality- traces remain, the event vanishes
Memesis- representation or imitation- we are always imitating something. key
element in A pretending to be X
The Critics Basic Question
-Understanding- "what were they trying to do?"
-Vagina Monologues good example
-Effectiveness- "How well did they do it?"
-Worth- "Was it worth doing?"
-Why do we need a critics essay?
-to find out more about the performance (background)
-to gain some insight (purpose, meaning)
-to hear an opinion (judgement, argument)
Two Theoretical Approaches
Phenomena: observation at real concrete stuff
Semiosis: interpretation- looking through-hyper real (imagined)
The actor is her own instrument:
-thought- imagination, memory, intelligence
-discipline- observation,control (actor is in control of what he does on stage- doing the same thing night after night), and style (doing the appropriate movement for a particular period or class)
-table work- engaging the text- primarily verbal
Creating a role: acting procedure- actor's extraordinary ordinariness- there's something extra that an actor does that lets you know they are present
-exploration- movement, gesture, business (stage business)
-speech- intonation (pitch), articulation (control of sound), speed (interupts a particular pace)
-memorization- regulatory, polish
-performance- previews, performance, maintaining the role
-mise en scene
-blocking- supports image of the action rather than just presence of performer
Directing: Approaches to play
-transcription- I render the playwright's vision faithfully (as possible) on stage
-translation- I translate the spirit of the play to the stage
-might depart from the playwright’s suggestions
-transformation- I transform and re-shape source material to create a new play
-today's motion picture
-places far less emphasis on the script
-transcend- I invent in the medium of the stage; I write in the mise-en-scene
-virtually eliminates the playwright
-Music accompanying dialogue
-seen today as an intensification of a situation
-some use it today to describe someone who is overreacting
Trajic Hero- a role in his own destruction
-ex- Rebecca and rosmer are responsible for their own destruction- divided
-drawn in by circumstances
Melodramatic Hero- fighting the world around him-
-good vs. evil
-outsides forces put them in
Differences between rock concert and musical such as rent
-conflict- agon- struggle or game- at the heart of theatre is a game
-multiple opinions- conflicting views- complex issues
-Polyphany- multiple voices singing at the same time
- takes you to an emotional place- is what enables conflict
“Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?”- Shakespeare in Love movie- all the actors auditioning for the part would perform this dialogue as Shakespeare listened, lying on the bench in the second tier of the globe.
“Cut, Cut, Cut” – Trouble in Mind- Mr. Manners throws down piece of paper and tells Willeta to pick it up- we looked at a video of this in class
“Last night I had a dream of cyber land” Maureen, Rent, by Jonathan Larson
“This is the winter of our discontent” – video from Richard III movie- talking about his plans of getting everything he wants, including the crown
“I can do things, see things” –Cato from Fires in the Mirror
The movie shows the process characters go through to become believable.
Shakespeare in Love:
While watching the movie the audience must be able to suspend disblief for authenticity and accuracy. The audience must also make the distinction between love and lust.
Peter Mortensgaard- publisher
-by Samuel Beckett
-Director, Assistant, Luke, protagonist
Fires in the mirror
-Rabbi Joseph Spielman- “What the liberals have told us all these years…”
-Ntozake Shange- “Identity is.. it’s a way of knowing that no matter where I put myself…”
The Shawl- by David Mamet
-SHAWL- everyday life
-JOE TURNER- plays relationship to identity- staging problems
-TROUBLE IN MIND- actor and director- individuals trying to find own identity- socially conscious theatre- aware of prolems
-RENT- music in theatre- it role- identity- living with constant reality of death
-ROSMERHOLM- ambiguity- melodrama and realism
-FIRES IN THE MIRROR- actor technique- approach to character- means of communication- try to understand each other
-SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE- love and lust- authenticity- realism
-LOOKING FOR RICHARD- encountering a text
Labels: Brad Jones