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Where is it thought that playwriting and performing originated?

The Resurrection Plays performed at Easter Eve services

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What types of plays did the worker guilds dramatize?

History
Creation to the day of Judgment

2

What are the 4 parts that have been saved of the worker guild's plays called?

York, Chester, Coventry, Wakefield

3

After a while, plays focused less on what?
More on what?

Less on RELIGION
More on COMEDY...dues ex machina (PLOT RESOLVER)

4

Example of mixing comedy and seriousness?

Noah's wife kicking and screaming as carried on ark

5

Most notable play of the period?

Just before Renaissance: "Everyman" Dutch orig.

6

Before Renaissance play types:

Miracles and mystery (Bible stories/legends)
Moralities (live and die)
Interlude (1 act, similar to moralities)

PLAYWRIGHTS STOPPED BEING ANONYMOUS

7

Who built 1st Public theater?
What was it called?
When was it built?
Where?

James Burbage
The Theater
1576
Northern suburb of London

8

Where were most theaters built?

European capitals

9

What was the most famous Public theater

The Globe

10

Who owned the Globe?

Shakespeare's company

11

When was the Theater torn down?

1599

12

The Globe was built out of _________

The timbers from the Theater

13

What did the Globe look like?

Plans didn't survive so we only know of exterior in London drawings
Stage directions are clues to interior

14

Accurate drawing of Globe?

C. Walter Hodges

15

Parts of the Globe?
What does the flag symbolize?

The building proper
The stage
The tiring house/ backstage

Flag=performance for the day

16

What happened to the Globe?

Burned down in 1613

17

In Henry V, what did Shakespeare refer to the Globe as?

The Wooden O (building proper...16 sides)

18

Cost?

Spectators in yard paid less in comparison to patrons in galleries

19

Total audience?

3000 ...so closed during epidemic

20

Why did the stage jut out?

Close contact with audience

21

Ceiling=
Floor=

Heavens

Hell

22

What was the tiring house?

Tall building consisting of machinery, and dressing rooms

23

The gallery?

Area above (spectators sat, musicians performed, actions acted)

24

The curtained area?

Area below...."discoveries" in and out objects represent inside vs outside

25

What was Gerald Bentley's statement on Renaissance drama?

"A drama of persons, not a drama of places."

26

Renaissance theaters could not show reality. What was used to show night? A forest?

Lanterns

Small bushes

27

Hear scene or See scene?

Hear!

28

Describe interior of theaters

Painted brightly
Colored tapestries

29

Describe costumes

Elaborate and expensive