History of theater revised 3-2012


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Overview of major movements in history of theater, aimed at a middle school audience. Includes several links to relevant videos and plenty of images.

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  • History of theater revised 3-2012

    1. 1. Before recordedhistory – ongoing inindigenous tribalcultures
    2. 2. 600 BCE – 250 BCE
    3. 3. ANTIGONE Look—what’s Creon doing with our two brothers? He’s honouring one with a full funeral and treating the other one disgracefully! Eteocles, they say, has had his burial according to our customary rites, to win him honour with the dead below. 30 But as for Polyneices, who perished so miserably, an order has gone out throughout the city—that’s what people say. He’s to have no funeral or lament, but to be left unburied and unwept, a sweet treasure for the birds to look at, for them to feed on to their heart’s content. [30] That’s what people say the noble Creon has announced to you and me—I mean to me— and now he’s coming to proclaim the fact, 40 to state it clearly to those who have not heard. For Creon this matter’s really serious. Anyone who acts against the order will be stoned to death before the city. Now you know, and you’ll quickly demonstrate whether you are nobly born, or else a girl unworthy of her splendid ancestors.
    4. 4. 925 CE –1500 CE Three Categories: •Mystery •Miracle •Morality
    5. 5. The Play of the Shepards, from the Chester Cycleof Mystery Plays For with walkynge werye I have mee rought; besydes the suche my sheepe I sought. My taytfull tuppes are in my thought, them to save and heale from the shrewde scabbe yt sought, or the rotte, yf yt were wrought. If the cough had them caught of hyt I could them heale. Loe, here bee my herbes safe and sownde, wysely wrought for everye wounde-- the woulde a whole man bringe to grownde within a little whyle-- of henbane and horehounde, tybbe, radishe, and egermonde, which bee my herbes save and sounde, medled on a rowe.
    6. 6. 1603-1868;ongoing Kabuki Video on YouTube
    7. 7. 1570’s - 1642 Notable Introductions: •The Proscenium Arch stage (Italy) •The Thrust Stage (England) •Creation of the theater company with a home theater building http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KkZCq2A5LI
    8. 8. Opera Masters:Mozart (18th C.)Wagner (19th C.) Verdi (19th C.)Puccini (20th C.) Amadeus, 1:45. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kGtmHGu9O8
    9. 9. 1801 – 1900 Major Players: Ibsen Shaw Chekov
    10. 10. THE FLOWER GIRL. I want to be a lady in a flower shop stead of selling at the corner ofTottenham Court Road. But they wont take me unless I can talk more genteel. He said he couldteach me. Well, here I am ready to pay him--not asking any favor--and he treats me as if I wasdirt.MRS. PEARCE. How can you be such a foolish ignorant girl as to think you could afford to pay Mr.Higgins?THE FLOWER GIRL. Why shouldnt I? I know what lessons cost as well as you do; and Im readyto pay.HIGGINS. How much?THE FLOWER GIRL [coming back to him, triumphant] Now youre talking! I thought youd comeoff it when you saw a chance of getting back a bit of what you chucked at me last night.[Confidentially] Youd had a drop in, hadnt you?HIGGINS [peremptorily] Sit down.THE FLOWER GIRL. Oh, if youre going to make a compliment of it--HIGGINS [thundering at her] Sit down.
    11. 11. 1840-1934
    12. 12. 1901- ongoing
    13. 13. A country road. A tree.Evening.Estragon, sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot. He pulls at itwith both hands, panting. He gives up, exhausted, rests, tries again. As before.Enter Vladimir.ESTRAGON (giving up again): Nothing to be done.VLADIMIR (advancing with short, stiff strides, legs wide apart): Im beginningto come round to that opinion. All my life Ive tried to put it from me, sayingVladimir, be reasonable, you havent yet tried everything. And I resumed thestruggle. (He broods, musing on the struggle. Turning to Estragon.)So there you are again.ESTRAGON: Am I?VLADIMIR: Im glad to see you back.I thought you were gone forever.ESTRAGON: Me too.
    14. 14. 1857 - ongoing Broadway Superstars: George and Ira Gershwin Stephen Sondheim Andrew Lloyd Webber http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejGLmx7ZH0c
    15. 15. •Improvise:to compose, play, recite, or sing (verse, music, etc.) on thespur of the moment.•Related to Jazz - riff, make itup, and change based on impulse•Saturday Night Live, Second http://www.nbc.com/saturday-City, The Groundlings night-live/video/lunch- lady/1354913