THE 191 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Male Privilege, Lineage Ii, Tragicomedy

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Theater Notes
Stage Types:
Proscenium Stage
3 sides of the stage are surrounded by backstage, a box frame
Audience only sees one side of the stage
Classroom most closely resembles this type of stage
This type of stage rose to prominence in 1800s Europe
Asserts the power of individual choice
Theatre can be like a scientific lab
We adapt and change based on our environments
What cultural values might this kind of theatre reflect?
through these stories we can find the truth about human nature
Arena Stage
Theatre in Ancient Greece
Festivals to honor Gods
Theatre in center of the city
Catharsis, civic engagement, assertion of male privilege
Elizabethan Era Theatre
Late 1500s England
Time of relative peace and stability
Theatre was secular and became professionalized
Rise of Shakespeare
Flexible Staging
Artists create performance (or visual art) that enhances or emphasizes a space.
Also used as an educational tool
The importance of size specific and flexible staging shows the outness in things and
usually not classified as art
Notes from Video
The more expensive seats were ones with the best sounds
The stage represents earth and the trapdoor allows you to go underneath which
symbolizes hell
The least expensive seats were 5 pounds and could be afforded by everybody
The groundlings were very engaged with the actors
Every part of the architecture was done with the audience in mind
Important Conclusions
Theatre space evolves with the needs, values, and technology
Space (location and setup) dictate both the experience and the importance of
theatre within a community
Space reflects social hierarchies
Space disciplines audiences, but more importantly reaches them
Audience
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3 sides of the stage are surrounded by backstage, a box frame. Audience only sees one side of the stage. Classroom most closely resembles this type of stage. We adapt and change based on our environments. This type of stage rose to prominence in 1800s europe. What cultural values might this kind of theatre reflect? through these stories we can find the truth about human nature. Artists create performance (or visual art) that enhances or emphasizes a space. The importance of size specific and flexible staging shows the outness in things and usually not classified as art. The more expensive seats were ones with the best sounds. The stage represents earth and the trapdoor allows you to go underneath which symbolizes hell. The least expensive seats were 5 pounds and could be afforded by everybody. The groundlings were very engaged with the actors. Every part of the architecture was done with the audience in mind.

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