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IPA [F18]-Classes 1-2

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Sergio Costola

on 13 September 2018

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A dramatic action is a specific event that occurs over a limited time in which a significant change occurs
Music
Painting
Mark Rothko (1903-1970)
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
Wassili Kandinski (1866-1944)
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
How to read a play
Conventions
Styles
Form
Different approaches to a play
The Four Causes
Efficient cause: Its origins (where did it come from?)

The final cause: Its purpose (what is it trying to accomplish?)
The material cause: Its elements (what is it made of?)
The formal cause: Its content (what is it trying to express?)
Michelangelo, David
(1501-04)
History (author's life; the times in which the author lived; the theatrical conventions; the audience; etc.)
Entertainment; Communication; Teaching; Motivating action
Plot; characters; language; setting

The four levels
Intellectual (Theme or message)
Metaphysical (Style)
Philosophical (Genre)
Structural (Form)
Reading a Play/Listening to Music
Prepare for the reading
Meditation
Read the play in one sitting
Take notes of all kinds of reactions
thoughts
feelings
ideas
images
sounds
smells
tactile responses
Subsequent readings
emotional response
physical response
intellectual response
other responses
Form & Content
Place
Mount Calvary or Golgotha
Time
between noon and 3pm
Characters
Jesus, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Roman Soldiers, others
Sources
Gospels
The Crucifixion
Matthias Grünewald (1512-1516)
Carlo Ceresa, (1641)
Francisco de Zurbarán (1660)
Piero di Cosimo
(16th century)
Diego Velazquez
(17th century)
Andres Serrano (1982)
Christ's conquest of death
Christ's painful death
Christ's ambiguous sacrifice
Salvador Dalí
Subject Matter and Content (or meaning)
Two paintings of the same subject matter could express different meanings
Astonishing array of individual interpretations
vs.
Theatre as Collaboration
Cultivating a Balance
Different approaches to a play
The Four Causes
Efficient cause: Its origins (where did it come from?)

The final cause: Its purpose (what is it trying to accomplish?)
The material cause: Its elements (what is it made of?)
The formal cause: Its content (what is it trying to express?)
Different approaches to a play
The Four Causes
Efficient cause: Its origins (where did it come from?)

The final cause: Its purpose (what is it trying to accomplish?)
The material cause: Its elements (what is it made of?)
The formal cause: Its content (what is it trying to express?)
Story Vs. Play
Story is content; play is form
Story is meaning; play is structure
Story tells what happened; play tells how it happened
The play's formal cause is an "imitation of an action" (Aristotle)
Dramatic Action
A specific event
What really happens in the play? What kinds of incidents bring it about?
A limited time
What are things like when the play starts?
What are things like when the play ends?
What is the nature of the difference?
A significant change
physical
mental
social
symbolic
Plot
Character
Thought
Language
Music/Melody
Spectacle
What Is a Play?
Syllabus
http://www.atwodogscompany.org/en/projects/item/163-box?bckp=1
Re-Activations
The Plot
Plot refers to the deliberate selection and arrangement of the incidents that the playwright presents. The key concepts are the terms
selection
and
arrangement
Arrangement
Linear
Nonlinear
Selection
Mood
Setting
Characters
Ideas
[1]
[2]
What is Theatre?
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