[T D 301] - Midterm Exam Guide - Everything you need to know! (15 pages long)

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T D 301
MIDTERM EXAM
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TD301- Intro to Theatre- 1.1
Why do people go to the theatre?
Escapism
Culturalism
Interesting topics
Entertainment
Tourism
To criticize or review
Support people in the show
You are in the show
To say you’ve been there
Basically same reasons as going to a football game
Goals of theatre
Entertainment
Education
o Teaching moral lessons
Social control
o Maintains status quo
o Want things to stay the same
Agitation
o Challenge ideals, government, culture, oppression, etc.
Documentation
o Record events
What makes theatre, theatre?
Live
Bounded by time
o Starts at a certain time, ends at a certain time
Watching a recording is not theatre, it’s watching a video
Intended
o its only theatre if people making it intend for it to be theatre
o doesn’t count if it seems theatrical but wasn’t intended to be
the only reason this lecture isn’t theatre is because it wasn’t intended to
be
Fixed boundaries
o i.e. stage- limits the space
o designated space may or may not be crossed by audience
Collaboration
o Someone sells tickets at door
o Actor
o Director
o Stage designers, etc.
Ephemeral
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o Short lived
o Never exactly the same again
i.e. giving a lecture
August and May content is same, but presentation is slightly different
even though based on same notes
Performance
Slippery definition
Includes
o Ritual and cultural performance
o Acts of everyday life
i.e. how you present your gender
think about how you’re sitting
what does it reflect about your gender?
o Legs close together, taking up little space feminine
portrayal
How would you change the way you are sitting to perform as a
different gender?
o All the guys crossed their legs to be like girls lol
o Performance art
Similar to theatre
Started in 80s
Doesn’t want to be theatre
Can be a process and product
o Rehearsals(process) + final performance
Not necessarily just the show at the end, the whole thing is a performance
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