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U1: Ancient Theatre--Common Themes, Acting and Costuming, Structures and Technical Requirements

Common Themes, Acting and Costuming, Structures and Technical Requirements
STUDY
PLAY
Anagnorisis
Recognition, Knowledge
Peripetia
Reversal, in Oedipus-he had it all, but lost it all
Hamartia
To miss the mark, to have human frailties
Oikos
Home and family--females
Polis
State and politics--males
Deinos
Strong, wonderful, terrible
Origins of the World Obscene
Obscene-out of the scenery. Greeks thought violence was obscene, shouldn't be shown on stage
Fear of Strong Women/Strong Female Characters
Men were fearful of women knowing they controlled pregnancy
Sophistry and Rhetoric
Persuasive speech
Acting theory and body humours
Theory that our body has 4 body fluids in us and is fueled by emotion
Men only
Acting only done by men and young boys
Role of the Chorus
Interprets/helps audience interpret a scene
Addition of the Second and Third Actor
Second added by Aeschylus, third added by Sophocles
Reputation of the Actor
Great reputation, honored and very important members of society
Hypokrites - "To play a part"
Greek word for actor
Masks
allowed people to play multiple roles, enabled to portray emotions and amplify voice
Four Body Humours
black bile, yellow bile, red blood and flem
Costumes
Enabled/allowed things to seem larger than life
Skene
Backdrop that has doors in it
Proskenion
Area in front of skene where the principals
Orchestra
Dancing place, circular area where chorus performed
Mechane
Crane that is used to swing actors across stage, from gk word mechanism
Deus ex Machina
God from the machine, invented theory
Ekkyklema
Rolling platform