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Expressionism in Theatre
Transcript of Expressionism in Theatre
& Joanna-Kristine Ninal Theatrical Elements Director & Actor Audience Principles Theatrical Elements Plot The Dream Play
by August Strindberg Playwrights Play Structure ~Often had a very disjointed plot that was broken into epidsodes, which made a point of their own.
~Dramatic statements were made by the author/dreamer. ~Georg Kaiser
~Hans Henny Johann
~ Abstract ideas that rejected the ideas of beauty and harmony
~Centered around distortion and exaggeration symbols that were unnatural. ~Focused on exploitation and stylized acting that was based off of a non-realistic plot structure and had a lot of symbolism embedded into it. ~The audience was informed of the issue that was going on throughout the duration of the show, which was usually a current event in the writer's time.
~Many times the audience was supposed to feel responsible for what was going on, and had their perspective changed about not only about the show, but also themselves, by the time that the show was over. Character ~Characters lost their individuality and were often named designations.
i.e. The Man, The Son, The Father
~Instead of having personalities, characters in Expressionistic shows represented stereotypes of a group of people, which usually appeared especially grotesque and unreal. Language ~The language in an Expressionistic play is usually fragmented and abstract. Job Descriptions & Audience ~The director and the cast of actors intends to inform the audience of an important issue, also informs so that they feel responsible, hopefully changing the audience's outlook on the situation and of themselves.