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THTR 420- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 29 pages long!)


Department
Theatre
Course Code
THTR 420
Professor
Kelsey Blair
Study Guide
Midterm

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THTR 420
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Historiography
How we think about history
Challenges
We cannot think about theatre without its spatio-historical-
cultural-political context
o History tend to be a fact
o We must think of theatre as a cultural practice
The relationship between drama, theatre and performance
and context
Drama
Plays collective or singular
Script
Actors and performers use to guide performance
Not all theatres have script
Text
Describes an analytic object
Scholars and researchers study
Could be a version of script
Theatre (more social)
Live performances for audiences
A physical place
Everything about a performance (rehearsal, play, extended)
A impersonates B while C looks on
Performance (more individual)
Broad cultural performances
How humans represent themselves in embodied ways
o Plays, teaching, sports, acts(gender), etc
Theatre history
Accounts for drama, theatre and performance
o With all definitions
o Come together and separated through history
Archive and Repertoire
o Way of passing information and sharing “history”
o Both are gate kept
Archive
Anything that can be passed along
o Paper, props, scenery, books, texts, scripts, bones,
o Costumes, hieroglyphs, internet,( Facebook page)
o Can seemed scattered
o Stays the same through time
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o “Traditional western way of transferring knowledge”
o history traditionally relies
o Theatre viewer is an archivist
Repertoire
Embodied practice/knowledge
Double memory but filtered through a body
Starts with a first hand knowledge and passed down
o Through generations becomes less reliable
Humans don’t withstand time
Scenario
Similar to narrative in literary analysis but also includes other
issues
Different way of thinking about story
Repeated and enacted
When do you think the scenario begins and ends
o Theatre: walk in lobby till leave building
But can be argued
The restoration History
Theatre banned 1642-1660
o Doesn’t mean that theatre wasn’t happening
o Not a lot of theatre information at this time
Charles II returns to the throne 1660
o Restores theatre
o Writes letters to actors and actresses
o In the letters females are legally allowed to be on stage
New configurations of theatre emerge 1666
o Gap due to plague
Restoration Theatre
3 main stages
o Dury lane, London fields, indorsed gardens
proscenium Arch theatre
o Change from thrust of renaissance
o Stage design linked to culture and perspective
Painting and theater have close relationship with
this
Audience divided into pits, boxes and galleries
o About 650 people
o Aristocrats Upper class
Written for and about upper class
o About audience and with values
Comedies
o Sexual satire
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