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Theatre 2

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Reversal
occurs when a line of action veers around suddenly to it opposite
verisimilitude
a neoclassical concept that established theatrical events should be reality-based
melodrama
focus on what happens, plot driven, (victim tied to train tracks)
neoclassicism
play writing based on interpretation of classical greek
perspective scenery
the italian contribution to theatre during Renaissance
Exposition
info that is necessary to understand the play
Commedia Dell' Arte
Improvisational comedy that originated in Italy sometime before 1568
Prose
plain writing, no rhymed or structure, inartistic
Verse
poetry, for many centuries state dialogue was written in this
Situation Comedy
Farce, based on humorous qualities of the situation in which the characters find themselves
Romantic Comedy
follows the attempts of lovers to get together
Poetic Justice
A device typical of the end of melodrama, Good is rewarded evil is punished
Catharsis
emotional release, related to tragedy
Comedy of Manners
explores the behavior of social expectations and oddities
Comedy of Character
action is driven by the eccentricities of its major figure
Language
For many centuries the standard language of the theatre was verse or poetry
Comedy of Idea
organized around thought
Thought
ideas found in a play
Renaissance
started in Italy, time of the arts
Spectacle
the things we see
William Shakespeare
A writer in England who wrote in verse
The Globe
In England, the stage and arena where Shakespeare put on his shows
Proscenium
Types of stage, most common
Tragedy
dealt with catharsis, ends unhappily, emotions of pity of fear, magnitude or importance
Comedy
objective viewpoint, lower stakes, reinforcement of social norms, humorous
Tragicomedy
Play where comic and tragic are equially mixed, serious actions, but happy ending
Royalty
a fee for each performance granted by French National Assembly in 1791
Copyright
requires permission of playwright for anything concerning performance or publication
Public Domain
plays no longer protected by copywright
Dramatists Guild
established in 1920, organization to safe guard writers' interest, offers standard contract for commercial purposes
University Wits
a group of educated men from Oxford and Cambridge who wrote and performed for the professional public theatre, Christopher Marlowe
Aristotle's 6 elements of Play
Plot, Character, Thought, Language, Music, Spectacle
Plot
organization of action
Linear Plot
events process foward in time
Conflict
2 or more opposing forces working for different goals
Inciting Incident
an event that sets off the major conflict
Rising Action
small units of action that build in emotional intensity
climax
emotional high point, critical stage of the conflict
Falling Action
drop in emotional intensity following the climax
Subplot
secondary lines of action that are entwined with the main story
Raked Stage
stages that are at an angle
Stage Directions
Written descriptions of physical or emotional action or physical appearance
Discovery
occurs when something important is found, learned, or realized
Slapstick
physical humor
Music
musical score
Protagonist
central character
Antagonist
who or what oppose the central characters
Character info
what a character says, what others say about them, what they do
Playwright
the author, or crafter, of the play
Character
Fictional person who performs the action of the play
Printing Press
the invention that helped with the production of plays
Dialogue
works spoked by the characters in a play
Neoclassic Unites
time, place, action
neoclassic goals
reality, morality, universality, defines versimilitude
Different types of Comedy
Situation, Character, Idea, Manners, Romantic
Dramatic Genres
Tragedy, Comedy, Tragicomedy, Melodrama
Casual Play Structure
exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action
Lazzi
common improv situations/events