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Eric Bently's Theatre Equation
A performs B for C
B= text, script, story
Schechner on performance
performed actions that people train to do, practice and rehearse.
Everyday life is a thing as well.
all theatre is performance, but not all performance is theatre.
like a picture frame
Large separation space btwn audience and orchestra.
stage that thrusts itself into the audience.
less scenery and separation
Black Box/Arena/In the Round
audience on four sides
people surround actors
least amount of separation
more experimental theatre
Environmental (Flexible) Space
No separation between actors and audience
the stage (proscenium) that is at a slant
series of ropes, pullies, weights to put backdrops down
area on side of theatre where actors wait to enter
area in between stage and audience
Six Key Theatrical Positions
in charge of all artistic decisions in theatre.
show specific. Constant contact with everyone
researcher who creates the world of the play (such as clothes or people in that era)
Can run box office and front of the house staff
shows that will be done.
easiest done to choose show by show
period of time in which artists are chosen
will only audition if the location and such are set and then people are chosen
practice and such
affects design team. Built set, clothes, lighting.
assembling design and physical show.
integration of technical elements. Week before open.
time in which the play is not open to the public. Time for live audience watching but changes can still happen.
opening night to closing night
after closing night, gotta take down the set
meeting between artistic director, designer, producer, and such.
See how good it did
Aristotle's Elements of Drama (PCTDSS)
who you are and what you think
who it happens to
everything people know to be true or wish to be true
what the character says
Special effects, dance numbers, costumes
-no accidents in the world of play
-useful way to approach the play of how the world works
-before making judgments, ask questions, understand it
-how to analyze play, ask questions
-Another world passing btwn you in time and space
-strange world that never obeys the world of ours
-world of itself and wont work the way our world works.
What a playwright decides
1) at what point the plot begins
2) what characters will participate
3) what scenes will be included
4) in what sequence the scenes will occur
5) actions and inations of the play
6) when to include reversal (changes in something drastic) and discoveries (or revelations)
6 Elements of storytelling
The intro and where its set
event that breaks the stasis
happens as a result of the inciting incident. Plot events.
moment at which the plot changes forever
result from falling action. Event that comes from the climax
the new norm
Elements of Drama [GPOOCT]
rules that run the play world.
Can infer throughout play
character who undergoes the most change and who causes/affect by the climax
thing/person/force protagonist is in conflict with
what the actor/character wants
the thing in the way of what the character wants
objective + obstacles
works against obstacles
Climactic Play Structure
-plot begins late in story
-play covers short space of time
-solid extended scenes
-action is restricted to a single locale (one room/house)
-number of characters is very limited [6 to 8 ppl]
-plot is linear and moves in a single line with few subplots
Episodic Play Structure
-Covers a long period of time
-plot begins early in the story and moves through a series of episodes
-Many short fragment scenes, sometimes alternating between short or long scenes.
-May range over entire city or several countries
-alot going on all at once, sometimes, comic relief
-scenes are juxtaposed.
Dead givewaway of episodic plays
-actor talks to audience
-characters travel through time
-play starts at climax, resolution, end, or middle of plot.
Breaks the "forth wall"
play is "presented" to audience and draws heavily on the imagination
tend to be more abstract and EPISODIC
"slice of life" - looking through a keyhole and watch it
no fourth wall breaking
tends to be less abstract and CLIMACTIC
Realism [Script and Presentation]
-artistic movement in the late 19th century largely based on Freud and Darwin
-interested in the psychology and environmental aspects of character and storytelling
-functional set/prop item
- a number of movements in the 20th century challenged the notion that the theatre could represent real life
-interested in emotional and symbolic aspects of characters and storytelling.
-set/props are often missing or represented by boxes.
looks exactly what it is
ex- real working sinks, fridge, and cupboard
might be table and chairs, but the kitchen is imaginary so box could represent a fridge and also a park bench.
the person who performs in a dramatic production
-film, television, theatre, video
first actor to separate himself from the chorus
added second character for conversation and dialogue
third actor for added conflict
What is acting: EXTERNAL
[physical aspects of acting]
finding a characters walk, talk, voice
connecting with costumes and periods
making use of set and physical environments
learning stage combat
learning accents, songs, etc
What is acting: INTERNAL
researching a characters background
performing detailed script analysis
The actors physiological instrument
a voice to be played
a body to be sculpted
consideration of type
The actors psychological instrument
imagination and willingness/ability to use it
observation of humans/human nature
The Method-Basic Theory
live each moment differently
analysis and affective memory
given what I know about the character, based on background, how they would behave
use own life experience to character going through it
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