Thursday: 18-27 in Enjoyment of theater 8-24-06



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8-22-06
Thursday:

18-27 in Enjoyment of theater


8-24-06

Keyword: Ephemeral




  1. lasting for a short period of time

existing for only one day, as with some plants and insects
“Metaphor makes us human”-Augusto Boal
Pictures in cave
What is art?

Monet-Woman with Parasol


Urinal: Duchap-Fountain, 1917
Art is about context
What is theatre:

Event-art-space-idea-system


Need:

Actor


Audience

Space


Time

“Three boards, two actors, and a passion”


Theatre vs. Life
Theatre is a heightened and compressed version of life
It’s moment by moment
Involves problems with life
There’s life after theater, but no coffee after life
Optional ingredients:

Story, words, writer, director, designer, costumes, lights, sets, sound


Other arts in theatre:

Music, dance, visual art


Music artists:

They’re creating a character for themselves


Performing Arts:

Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera

-Ephemeral

-Ephemeral=fleeting (here once moment, gone the next, never the same twice)


-occupy time and space

-need an audience

Performer vs. Actor
Why go to theatre
History of humanity

Live


-like life

-real people, not images

More than words

Local


“to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature”
Summary:

No definitive definition


8-29-06

Seeing and Reading Plays keywords


Audience

Casual (Linear) Plot

Episodic Plot

Protagonist

Antagonist

Foil


Raisoneur

Confidante

Idea

Language


Genre
Quiz on Thursday over A Doll’s House
How to Watch a Play

Before the play:

First thing you see:

Stage


Audience

Set


Program

-director’s notes

-cast

Scenic Design:

More doors, funnier the show’s supposed to be
Today’s Audiences:
upper middle class

Spare time, money


Ticket prices are a lot
Avg. B’way theatergoer: $100,000+ income
Alternative- smaller theatres! Cheap!
Audience Behavior

Elizabethan: much more involved, react more, diverse audience, groundlings broke 4th wall. Actors addressed audience directly


Cradle Will Rock
Negative behaviors:

Audience size

Preparation

Willingness


Waiting for Lefty (cast member calls for a strike, audience rioted)
Different from reading a book

Use Imagination


Title

Characters

Stage Directions

Other notes

Place, time, season, historical, era
Aristotle:

Plot, Character, Idea, Language, Music, Spectacle


Plot- arrangement of the incidents; casual (linear, a-b-c), episodic
Causal:

Exposition-inciting incident-rising action, point of no return, climax, resolution


Episodic Plot
Multiple plots centered around an idea
Character:

Functions:

Protagonist: main character

Antagonist: bad guy

Foil: shows off the facets of the protagonist

Confidante: protagonist confides in

Raissoneur: voice of the author
Idea:

Meaning


Central theme
Language:

Style, modern, old-fashioned, reflections on world of play


Genre:

Type of play


Things that affect audience:

Size, willingness, preparation, demographic



8-31-06
A Doll’s House

Plot:


Linear plot

Multi-linear (other characters taking their own journey)

Climax- when she yells at him and leaves
Character:

Protagonist: Nora

Antagonist: Torvald

Confidante: Kristine

Foil: Kristine, Dr. Rank, Krogstag
Child

Doll


Stubborn

Frightened singing-bird

Fool

Bewildered



Helpless

Happy


Fritter bird
How has she changed in the end?

More confidant. Independence, no blind trust, selfish and bold, wants to be her own person, not the doll in the dollhouse


Macaroons hint that Nora will develop independent frame of mind, conversation with Kristine, she swears, when she talks about how she made her money
What’s Nora’s overall goal or SUPEROBJECTIVE
Beginning- money, end-freedom
Torvald-banker-hates debt
Language of Kristine compared to Nora:

Older, more mature, more independent, life experience


Rank has syphilis
Ibsen:

Father of modern drama

Realism

Norwegian folklore

Doll’s House based on true story

“problem play”

retrospective plot

-like greek tragedy

-most major events before play starts

Europe, mid-1800s


Doll’s House-revolutionary for the time
Theatres refused to produce it

Actresses refused to play Nora

-Germany-another ending

-Nora stays for her children’s sakes

“The slam heard ‘round the world”
Norway:

Winter, 3-4 hours of sun per day.

Seasonal Depression
Isben says it’s not about women’s rights
It’s about transformation
Everyone changes




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