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What is a Play?

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Lecture number:
3
Pages:
4
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
University Of Connecticut
Course:
Dram 1101 - Introduction to the Theatre
Edition:
1

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DRAM 1101 1st Edition Lecture 3 Outline of Last Lecture I Theatrical spaces a Amphitheaters b Proscenium c Thrust Stage d Arena Stage e Black Box Stage Outline of Current Lecture I What is a play II How is dramatic action organized a Chronologically b Nonlinear III Ways to understand plays a According to structure i Western literature structure ii Aristotelian structure b According to genre i Tragedies ii Comedies IV Dramaturgy a Vertical axis b Horizontal axis Current Lecture II What is a play a A basic unit of theatre b Two meanings i An event 1 Action surrounding a conflict ii Literature These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute III IV V 1 Written plays How is dramatic action organized a The events of a play can be structured in two common ways i Chronologically 1 Either a linear cause and effect relationship or a continuous story 2 Moves from point to point to tell a story 3 Much of modern drama ii Nonlinear 1 Discontinuous 2 Common techniques include flashbacks time shifts dream sequences stream of consciousness etc b Can also be described in terms of climactic or episodic Ways to understand plays a Two ways i According to structure 1 Patterns that the actions follow 2 Assumes linear plot structure ii According to genre 1 Its type Classifying plays according to structure a Western Literature Structure i Plays often have events that follow a particular sequence 1 Exposition a Sets the context for the rest of the play by giving the audience information b Helps introduce the audience to the world that the play is taking place in i Whether it is a different time or place c Provides background information 2 Inciting incident a Introduces conflict i A conflict can emerge between characters within a single character or stem from a situation ii A character s response to conflict helps to demonstrate his or her personality 1 How they come to their ultimate



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