Flashcards in The Renaissance Theater Deck (73)
Where is it thought that playwriting and performing originated?
The Resurrection Plays performed at Easter Eve services
What types of plays did the worker guilds dramatize?
Creation to the day of Judgment
What are the 4 parts that have been saved of the worker guild's plays called?
York, Chester, Coventry, Wakefield
After a while, plays focused less on what?
More on what?
Less on RELIGION
More on COMEDY...dues ex machina (PLOT RESOLVER)
Example of mixing comedy and seriousness?
Noah's wife kicking and screaming as carried on ark
Most notable play of the period?
Just before Renaissance: "Everyman" Dutch orig.
Before Renaissance play types:
Miracles and mystery (Bible stories/legends)
Moralities (live and die)
Interlude (1 act, similar to moralities)
PLAYWRIGHTS STOPPED BEING ANONYMOUS
Who built 1st Public theater?
What was it called?
When was it built?
Northern suburb of London
Where were most theaters built?
What was the most famous Public theater
Who owned the Globe?
When was the Theater torn down?
The Globe was built out of _________
The timbers from the Theater
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
Accurate drawing of Globe?
C. Walter Hodges
Parts of the Globe?
What does the flag symbolize?
The building proper
The tiring house/ backstage
Flag=performance for the day
What happened to the Globe?
Burned down in 1613
In Henry V, what did Shakespeare refer to the Globe as?
The Wooden O (building proper...16 sides)
Spectators in yard paid less in comparison to patrons in galleries
3000 ...so closed during epidemic
Why did the stage jut out?
Close contact with audience
What was the tiring house?
Tall building consisting of machinery, and dressing rooms
Area above (spectators sat, musicians performed, actions acted)
The curtained area?
Area below...."discoveries" in and out objects represent inside vs outside
What was Gerald Bentley's statement on Renaissance drama?
"A drama of persons, not a drama of places."
Renaissance theaters could not show reality. What was used to show night? A forest?
Hear scene or See scene?
Describe interior of theaters