Harding University Theatre App Dottie Frye Chp. 12 1/2 and 13
Terms in this set (34)
the premier actor and comic playwright of the era (17 century france)
the most revered writer of tragedy in all French Theatre
A group of characters serving together as the protagonist of a play
Restored to the English throne, therefore theatre was again allowed.
Ireland/England. "She Stoops to Conquer"
Irish playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Actors split profits after days expenses based on how much each had invested in the venture
a stand up actor or actress , whose big voice and grand gestures were intended to capture the attention and admiration of a fully lit and social audience
first proscenium theatre
1641, in Paris
movement of the late 18th century and early 19th century that rejected nearly ever aspect of neoclassicism, celebrated the natural world, valued intense emotion and individuality
Sturm and Drang
"storm and stress" deliberately broke all rules of neoclassicism
scenic device that imitated an interior room with walls, furniture, visual detail
the creation of historically accurate costumes and scenery
a dramatic genre featuring a conflict between good and evil characters, fast-paced action, spectacular climax, poetic justice
example: Uncle Tom's Cabin
rebellion against romantacism and melodrama, very detailed scenery and historically accurate
"Hunchback of Notre Dame". Theory adds notion of grotesque to romantic
Henrik Ibsen, adaptation of melodrama and well-made play
1820s, replaced candles and oil lamps
first play to use electric light
"slice of life" following actual pace of daily life
proscenium arch is often treated as fourth wall to enclose a room
This is the invisible wall that the audience views the scene through. Actors do not acknowledge the audience.
Norway. Wrote realist plays.
From Russia. The Cherry Orchard. Three Sisters. Uncle Vanya
George Bernard Shaw
From England. Mrs. Warren's Profession. Arms and the Man. Pygmalion
a technique of acting in which an actor aspires to complete emotional identification with a part
often used to designate the shift beginning with realism
used synonymously with the term "experiment", art that pushes recognized boundaries. Originated from the French term vanguard
-Experimental, cutting edge
in the 1890s first major challenge to realism (avant-garde), any romantic musical or Disney movie
-imagery, like a dream
term used for an approach to scenic design featuring simplicity, avoidance of detail, and reduction of a location to its significant elements. Based on designs of Adolphe Appia and Gordon Craig
nonrealistic approach to production in which the subjective experience of the character is depicted on stage. Visual and aural aspects of production often suggest anxiety or mental breakdown of center character. dehumanization or destruction of humanity at the hands of commercialism, industry, war
Originating in France beginning in 1917, an avant-garde movement in which the dream world and the real world are intertwined and its difficult to distinguish
Anti-illusionist theatre featuring emotional detachment, narration, songs, obvious theatricality that was developed by German playwright Brecht
Theatre of Cruelty
Developed by Artaud between the world wars; emphasizes the breakdown of causality and stressing emotion over intellect
Theatre of Absurd
Post WW2 plays centered on character who are strangers to each other, trapped in a violent, meaningless world without design or purpose
-Samuel Beckett (Ireland/England). Wrote "waiting for Godot"
-Eugene Lonesco (France). "The Bald Soprano"