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Lecture 2

THEA 2210 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Method Acting, August Strindberg, Auguste Comte


Department
Theatre
Course Code
THEA 2210
Professor
Alberto Guevara
Lecture
2

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Dialogue sounds like conversation
The scenery resembles the locale
Scenery depicts ordinary living conditions
Actors seek to become the characters
Protagonist are drawn from everyday life
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Greater “truth” on stage
Stage as an environment rather than an acting platform
Thought provoking moral and social themes
oIbsen’s Doll House is a good example of realist theatre
Realist Theatre: out of a literary and artistic movement called realism
Romanticism (17902) Goethe (
Faust
) and Schiller (
William Tell
).
oKnown for brave heroes
oLate 19th century when it became a movement
Naturalism: Emile Zola (
Theres Raquin
) and Gorky (the Mother)
oNaturalism is an extreme form of realism
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Auguste Comte (1798-1857) “Positive Philosophy” and “Positive Polity” (1830-
54)
Metaphysical knowledge as theoretical speculation
oKnowledge can only be veri=ed by empirical science such as sociology,
physics, etc.
Empirical science, scienti=c methods, empiricism, objectivity
oExperience of reliability and something that is veri=able as opposed to
ideology
Realism: art as “scienti=c”
oRomanticism in the late 1800s represented expressions, they pushed
the idea of authentic forms of art
oMovement of the body was explored to enhance feelings
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Let us take the hammer to theories and poetic systems. Let us throw down
the old plastering that conceals the façade of art. There are neither rules nor
models; or, rather, there are no other rules than the general rules…
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