THE-2000 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Paula Vogel, Medieval Theatre, Greek Chorus

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Potential Essay Questions
1. Identity- Individual & Societal: How have you seen conflicting identities at work this
semester? How has theatre responded to, complicated, or revealed new dimensions to these
conflicts?
2. Theatre’s function: How does theatre, influence, reflect, or respond to society? What role does
it play?
3. Why this play now? How is this show/company/idea relevant in this historical moment?
4. Resistance & Critical thinking: How does theatre encourage people to consider perspectives
other than their own?
Plays
1. How I Learned to Drive
oAuthor: Paula Vogel
oCharacters:
Lil’ Bit
Uncle Peck
3 person Greek Chorus
oPlots:
oThemes:
oTheatrical Conventions:
Greek Chorus
Non-linear plot/time line
Breaking fourth wall
Music
Comedy with seriousness
oDiscussion Board Questions:
oSpotlight info:
Paula Vogel wrote this play because of Lolita and the widespread sexualization
of children in the USA
2. Gem of the Ocean
Author: August Wilson
Characters:
i. Eli
ii. Citizen Barlow
iii. Aunt Ester
iv. Black Mary
v. Rutherford Selig
vi. Solly Two Kings
vii. Caesar
Plots:
Themes:
Theatrical Conventions:
Discussion Board Questions:
Spotlight info:
i. Century Cycle
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ii. City of bones = middle passage
Lectures
1. Origins of Theatre & Intro to Cultural Diversity (Cultural Diversity, Ritual/Shamanism/Dance,
different continents)
Cultural diversity
oAppreciation of cultural variety and difference
2. Greek Theatre (Tragedy, Comedy, Aristotle’s 6 elements of tragedy, Greek Theatre ground
plan)
3. Roman Theatre (especially paratheatricals)
4. Renaissance Theatre (including medieval theatre, transition to renaissance, and Renaissance
theatre diagram)
5. Theatre & Social Change (Realism, Naturalism, Dada, Epic Theatre, Absurdism, Melodrama,
and examples of each)
6. Theatre of the World: African & African American Theatre (colonial influence and examples,
minstrelsy, slavery, Civil Rights, Black Theatre)
“Practice of theatre” topics, think about the responsibilities/functions, process, and ultimate goals
1. What is theatre? (requirements of theatre; Drama vs Theatre; etc.)
Requirements of theatre
oAudience
oActors/performers
oLiveness /action
Makes theatre sparkle, interesting and exciting
oText/arrangement
The idea that it has some sort of plan, designated ending
oSpace
Drama
oDrama= the skeleton
oThe text
oThe reading experience
oPersonal/individual
oFixed
Theatre
oTheatre= skeleton plus the muscles and skin
oThe text PLUS the acting, design elements, lighting
oIt’s the whole production
oSensory experience
oInterpretive
2. Dramaturgy (asking questions, why this play now? Outreach, Artistic planning)
What questions should dramaturgs always come back to?
oWhy this play now?
Changes in society, function in society, social issues, jumpstart conversation,
starting discussions
What does a dramaturg do?
oFour major components of his/her job
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Research and production work
Most known thing they do
New play development
Help create new work
Organize new readings or stage readings
First group of people that hear new plays
Outreach and education
Artistic planning
Outreach
oBridge between production and the audience
oMake lobby displays, program notes, study guide and discussion questions, online
materials
Artistic Planning
oExpected to stay current on important issues
oStay current on new writers and creators
oSeason selection
Why are dramaturgs important?
oRemember the play
oAsk questions
oEncourage everyone to ask questions
3. Playwriting & Analyzing a Play (Plot structures and their parts; tools of the playwright)
Tools of the playwright
oWorld of the play
Play’s own unique, morality, psychology, aesthetic play
oCharacters
oConflict
Person vs person
Person vs self
Person vs nature
Person vs society
oPlot Structure
Arisotelian/climatic
Episodic
Cyclic
oLanguage
Syntax, diction, punctuation
oTheme
Plot Structure
oAristotelian/climatic
60-70%
all about the conflict being revealed and resolved
oEpisodic
Books, sitcoms, tv shows
Disrupt chronology
oCyclic
Goes in a circle
Ends where it begins
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