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Theatre of the Absurd

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davis brock

on 20 May 2011

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Transcript of Theatre of the Absurd

Theatre of the Absurd A theatre genre that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and confusing dialogue, ridiculous and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development. Sources



http://dana.ucc.nau.edu/~sek5/classpage.html Theatre of the absurd came about through the experiments of dramatists in the 1920's and 30's, and was most likely influenced strongly by the absurd loss of life in WWII Some of the most well know absurdist playwrights were Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Jean Genet, Arthur Adamov, and Harold Pinter. Waiting for Godot, Rhinoceros, The Room, The Dumbwaiter, and No Exit are some of the most famous absurdist plays. This is a photograph of Samuel Beckett, who wrote the play we intend to perform, Catastrophe. Rather than chose an excerpt from one of these full length plays, we chose to perform one of Beckett's short plays- Catatstrophe. There was no specific theatre of the absurd movement, rather, it is a type of play written by people who are rather pessimistic about the futility of human endeavors Because of this, lighting and sound are rarely used in unique ways, rather they help the audience to focus where they are supposed to be focusing and to enable the audience to see the actors. EUGENE IONESCO was another important playwright in theater of the absurd. He focused on the futility of communication in his plays. His first, and one of his most famous plays was The Bald Saprano. HAROLD PINTER is now the leading english playwright in theater of the absurd. One major theme in his work is lack of explanation about things in the play. Samuel Beckett's play Catastophe. The play we are preforming. This image is from Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett. This is said to be the most famous absurdist play Scene from The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ioneso.
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