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Theatre of the Absurd
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What is theatre of the absurd?
Combination of existentialist philosophy and avant-garde forms of theatre
List 3 examples of global events that perpetuated the feelings and beliefs associated with existentialism?
c. Cuban Missile Crisis
d. Kent State
e. Nuclear War
f. JFK Assassination
g. MLK Jr Assassination
Who is Jean Paul Sarte?
French Existentialist Playwright
Which existentialist playwright received a Nobel Prize for literature but refused to accept it?
Jean Paul Sarte
Who wrote No Exit?
Jean Paul Sarte
What is No Exit about?
3 people in a room, hell is a waiting room
List three defining characteristics of existentialist drama
a. Cause and affect Logic
b. Recognizable characters
c. Fully developed human beings
Absurdist drama claims that much of what happens in life...
cannot be explained logically
Compare the dramatic structure of absurdist plays to the Freytag's dramatic structure.
(Freytag's pyramid, the well-made play)
does not follow traditional rising action falling action etc.
List and describe absurdist dramatic techniques:
a. Non-realistic characters
b. Strange or unrecognizable settings
c. "Normal" settings with strange action/interactions
d. Sparse language
e. Nonsensical dialogue
. List three absurdist playwrights:
List two absurdist directors:
List subject matter often addressed in Beckett's dramatic works.
a. Dullness of routine
b. Futility of human action
c. Inability to communicate
d. Ridiculous aspects of life
List five of Beckett's plays.
Waiting for Godot (1949),
Happy Days (1961),
Not I (1972),
Which Samuel Beckett play features an actress with only her mouth lit on stage through
the entire production?
List subject matter often addressed in Ionesco's dramatic works
a. Futility of communication
b. Nonsensical language/dialogue
c. Opposed didactic drama
List subject matter often addressed in Pinter's dramatic works
a. No explanation for actions
b. No explanation of characters
c. Introduction of menacing outside forces
d. Seemingly realistic worlds
e. Experiments with time
What is the play in which a town in overcome by the strange disease, rihnoceritis? and who wrote it
List a possible modern day equivalents to happenings of the 1950's and 60's.
Who was Jerzy Grotowski?
Polish director, poor theatre, experimental
Name two artists that greatly influenced Grotowski's work
Stanislavski and Meyerhold
What is poor theater?
Theatre stripped down, only two essential elements are the actor and audience/performer and spectator
What is the purpose of poor theatre?
intensify actor audience relationship
Who said "The actor's act, discarding half measures, revealing, opening up, emerging from him self as opposed to closing up , is an invitation to the spectator"?
Jerzy Grotowski compares the "emergence of oneself" to what?
genuine love between two people
Grotowski's para-theatrical experiments were an attempt to do what?
transcend the separation between performer and spectator
Who was Peter Brook?
English Eclectic director, best known for A Midsummer Knight's Dream
Name two artists that greatly influenced Brook's work
Meyerhold, Artaud (theatre of cruelty)
Peter Brook's focus lies within the __________________ rather than the
Process, End Result
Who is Caryl Churchill?
List and describe the characteristics of Churchill's work:
a. Mix chronological and anachronistic events
b. Double casting
c. Reversal of gender roles
d. Mix of theatricality with reality
Non- constructed events, usually only occurs once, requires little planning or
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