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Joseph Campbell Quote

"The hero is the champion of things becoming, not of things become..."
- Book = Hero with a 1000 faces

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Big 3 Questions

"Who am i"
"What is the meaning of life"
"What purpose do i have"

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Socrates Beliefs

The purpose of human life was personal and spiritual growth

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Aristotle Quote

"The purpose of art is to figure out the hidden meaning of things and not their appearance; for in this profound truth lies their true reality which does not appear in there external outlines"

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Quest

A Long, arduous search for something, the hero embarks on this
- A better life
- to find one's self
- the meaning of love
- run away from troubles
- The hero's search of self, to discover meaning...
in so doing return to his community a changed person

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Origin of Theatre

1. Ritual
- Man's attempt to control the unknowable forces of the universe through highly refined formalized repetition.
2. Human Instinct
- mans human instinct to play, to imitate, to minnie
3. Storytelling
- mans innate and strong desire to tell stories

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The purpose of theatre

1. To educate
- stress the dignity of humanity and human spirit
- examine individual, religious and secular values
- explore civic freedom and responsibility.
2. To entertain or to divert our minds
- What not to do (instructive)
- mock, make fun of (satire)

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Thich Nhat hanh

Vietnamese buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet, peace activist.
"When you wash the dishes wash the dishes" - miracle of mindfulness
MEANS - you should be in that moment focuses on what is happening within that moment.

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Define Theatre

- the performer must be live
- it must be presented before a live audience (shared space)
- it must be a representation of "humans" in actions
- it must be repeatable with infinite variation
- actors pretending to be someone else.

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6 elements of Theatre

- Plot
- Character
- Thought
- Diction
- Song
- Spectacle

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Plot is composed of..

1. Exposition
2. Inciting Incident
3. Complication
4. Crisis
5. Climax
6. Denouement

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Exposition

The introduction to the world of the play, the characters, the setting, and the story

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Inciting Incident

Opposing forces
- Man vs man
- Man vs himself
- Man vs nature

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Complication

When events alter the course of the action of the play or film or television show
- Good to bad, bad to worse, bad to good

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Crisis

Peak/Point of highest emotional intensity; final unfolding of action
- Moment is upon the hero

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Climax

The reversal of the hero's future; and recognition of his flaw, the old system can no longer be maintained

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Denouement

A new understanding and a return to balance

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4 elements of character

1. Physical - judging a book by its cover
2. Social - how they see themselves in the world
3. Psychological - where they fit into society
4. Moral - what are their values.

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Thought

(THEME)
The ideas that govern the world of this particular play
- What is the play about?
- Plot + Character =

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Diction

The the speech of the characters or language of the play/film

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Music

All auditory material other than the actors voice

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Spectacle

All the visual aspects of the dramatic event - everything you see

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Define generes

categories or types of drama/performances

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Types of generes

Tragedy
Comedy
Musical
(burlesque)

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Tragedy

- a serious drama that takes a thoughtful sober attitude towards ts subject matter
- it asks serious questions about the human condition
- a common theme for tragedy is the notion of "free will" to chose ones fate.

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Jean Paul Sarte Quote

"we are condemned to be free"

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Comedy

A dramatic work that is light and often humorous that usually contains a happy resolution of events

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Characteristics of Comedy

1. Suspension of natural laws
2. Contrast between the individual and society
3. A comic premise

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Characteristics of Comedy

1. Suspension of natural laws
-- the pain is not so much physical as it is personal, emotional, psychological (Schadenfreude)
2. Contrast between the individual and society
-- comedy is a social corrective and teaches you what not to do
3. A comic premise
-- an idea of concept that turns the accepted notion of things upside down

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Types of comedy

Situation Comedy
Farce
Satire
Musical
Ballad
Anthem