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To sustain our interest, a playwright's characters must be believable, multi-faceted and:
The essential tools of the playwright are
plot, character, language
What was the final play in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Series
Wilson’s favorite play in the series was
JoeTurner’sCome and Gone
According to the video, Kenny Leon directed what two Wilson Plays
Radio Gulf & Gem of the Ocean
Wilson wrote the 10 plays in chronological order
August Wilson was trained in playwrighting at Yale
*According to the panel Wilson’s plays were unique because
1. The villains were similar
2. Every character has integrity
3. They were written for James Earl Jones
*What role did Phylicia Rashad create for Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean
1. Aunt Easter
What one direction did Wilson give Ms Rashad in rehearsals for Gem of the Ocean
Don’t sit like that It is to modern
Phylicia Rashad was concerned she would never get to act in a Wilson play because
She was a television actress
Chronologically what is the last play in the series
What is character Harry Lennix played in Radio Golf attempting to do?
Run for Mayor
*The “comedy”(burlesque) version of How I Learned to Drive is:
1. The Baltimore Waltz
2. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
3. The Minneola Twins
4. Noises Off
.Paula Vogel’s play How I Learned to Drive” is about:
Vogel used the metaphor of driving in How I Learned to Drive. Why?
Sexualawareness comes at the same time as learning to drive
Vogel’s favorite play is
Vogels inspiration for Baltimore Waltz was?
Paula Vogel’s play The Minneola Twins is about:
“My plays are about love, honor, duty, betrayal - things humans have written about since the beginning of time.”
**According to the video Paula Vogel’s favorites plays are
"This playwright recoils at the notion of writing plays that are alike in their composition,"
Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz studied under:
According to the video Stephen
McKinley Henderson did not appear in
one of these Wilson plays
Which of these people did NOT act in any Wilson play
Radio Golf on Broadway included these two actors
Harry Lennix & Tonya Pinkins
Which actor compared Wilson’s writing to “talking drums”
Which actor quoted Wilson’s line seen in the slide on Thursday “When I sit down to write, I am sitting in the same chair that Ibsen sat in, that Brecht, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller sat in.
Stephen McKinley Henderson
According to Aristotle’s views on tragedy
A tragic hero
Pit themselves against forces represented by other characters, Undergo a anagnorisis
Moliere’s comedy Tartuffe concerns a
T/F Tragicomedy is a mixed dramatic form
Melodrama is characterized by:
the villainy of an unsympathetic character
characters that are clearly divided by sympathetic and unsympathetic
a happy resolution brought about by the destruction of the villain.
All of the above*****************
The dramatic theatre relies heavily on plot while the Epic Theatre relies on:
Thunder as it relates to rain is
Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard ends with the sound of:
the strokes of an ax
Atonin Artaud is most responsible for the creation of:
Theatre of the Cruelty.
T/F Solo texts and performance art often address issues that would be too melodramatic for the commercial theatre.
Postmodern can be best defined as
Placing contradictory experiences within the same frame of reference
The central action in Shepard's Buried Child is the quest for:
roots and identity
Language in the theatre differs from ordinary speech in that it is:
T/F Aristotle believed that the elements of the play should be concurrent with the time it takes to perform.
The convention that the amount of time a play takes is the amount of time the actions of the play would have taken is called
Language is gestic when:
it conveys the attitude adopted by the speaker.
Peter Weiss employs the
convention of the play-within-
the-play to suggest that our
world is a
The dialogue that begins Shakespeare's Hamlet provides us with information about:
all of these choices****
A formal prologue, such as the one that begins The Trojan Women is associated with:
T/F Playwrights use simultaneous plots to have one plot comment on the other.
T/F Robert Wilson’s CIVIL warS includes text from many authors
a hymn sung at the alter of the Gods
The “first actor”
a short speech to begin the Tragedy
Songs and dances by the Chorus
Agamemnon was the tragic Hero in this Greek tragedy
He was know for antiwar tragedies
He was know for his Greek comedies
In this comedy women withheld sex from the men to stop the war
Which Greek Playwright wrote THE PERSIANS
Of all the Greek Play extant, The Persians is unique because
It is not mythological
Why was THE PERSIANS so topical in 2003 and today?
It mirrored US involvement in Iraq
What makes the new production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Broadway so unusual
Men play the woman’s parts
What other Shakespeare being done in repertory by this company
T/F The early Dark Ages were a very busy time for theatre
T/F Everyman is a play about Martin Luther
A Nun who wrote plays
T/F Passion Plays in the middle ages often include graphic sex
The Black Death Plague came to Europe in
A TROPE is
A short playlet
A ALLEGORICAL play might include these characters
Death, Lust & Envy
Medieval actors traveled with mansions
T/F Medieval Drama was primarily secular(non religious)
During the Renaissance many people thought ancient Greek plays were entirely sung. This led to what new type of theatre?
During the Renaissance some scholars idolized the Romans and Greeks; they rejected the traditional curriculum of theology and instead studied the classical subjects. These scholars were called?
During the Renaissance the theatre turned to Aristotle for laws regarding dramatic structure. Scholars came up with three unbreakable rules, which they called the Unities—a form of “classical correctness.” Which of the following is NOT one of the unity’s?
he unity of tragedy
In Shakespeare’s day acting companies were often accused of being vagabonds.
Which playwright killed an actor but got out of jail by pleading “benefit of clergy?”
Mary Frith was charged by an ecclesiastical authority for acting on stage—what was so unusual about her performance?
Women were not allowed on stage at that time
What happened to the actors who staged the first play in what would later become the United States?
They were arrested
During the Renaissance, three broad categories of theatre came to dominate Europe. Which of the following does not belong?
For what production did Carrie Robbins oversee the creation of multiple tortoise paisley dresses
Which video included a specialist who did work for the Barnum and Bailey Circus
Wig Maker Paul Huntley’s most challenging design was for
For what production did Shoe Designer Phil LaDuca create shoes for a Tango?
A.With the anti war movement of the 60’s
What is given away during each performance of The Bread and Puppet Theatre
4. Samuel Beckett
1. Billie Whitelaw
A. appreciation of performances
B. all of these
C. awareness of characters and actions
D. appreciation of balance and harmony
A. All of these.
the night the show opens
C. all of these.
A. Was it worth what I paid for it
B. What is the playwright trying to do
C. How will people like this?
D. All of these
D. All of these.
4. immediacy and presence
1. a seeing place
Both audience and actors have an active, not passive, role in the theatrical experience
The actor-director relationship is theatre's vital ingredient.
Theatre differs from film or TV because
A. It costs more to see theatre
B. There is feedback between audience and performers
C. Smaller audiences
D. All of the above
*All of the above
3. A PERFORMER AND AN AUDIENCE
This term means the values, standards, and patterns of behavior of a particular group of people.
Which type of theatre promotes a particular people’s cultural identity?
d) National Endowment for the Arts
•a) A Stereotype
•a) Harlem Renaissance
•d) Yiddish Broadway
For most of American theatre history whites wearing heavy “ethnic” makeup acted as African Americans. This lead to a form of theatre in which white people played black people. What name was given to this form of theatre?
Theatre of Protest
2. The NEA 4
Holly Hughes did finally receive the grant from the NEA
Aeschylus major play is the trilogy of
Agamemnon, The Libation Bearer and The Eumendies
The Globe Theatre in London was home to what playwright?
The two types of Medieval staging were
2. A high school teacher
Last play Lou Volpe directed at Levittown HS was
· Good Boys will be performing in Nebraska
Michael Sokolove is
2. Mixed play or drama
1. A metaphor for the struggle to dream
Bunraku is a form of Chinese opera
India’s Kutiyattam theatre performances are short
The Japanese Noh Theatre is a new form
Kabuki is the modern Japanese theatre form
In The Noh Theatre each scenic element has symbolic significance
In Chinese Opera scene changes are indicated symbolically
This artistic director joined the tour of the Guthrie Theatre video you watched
What is “the worlds biggest “do over” at the Guthrie Theatre
Which Theatre does the Guthrie new experimental work
The unorthodox use of theatrical space was pioneered by Max Reinhardt and:
During its 17 year existence, Free Southern Theatre presented works by:
1. Samuel Beckett
2. Ossie Davis
3. All of these
4. Martin / Dubermann
All of these.
The Free Southern Theatre is associated primarily with civil rights and anti-war expression.
For his production of Dr. Faustus, Grotowski configured the theatrical space into a medieval graveyard.
Theatre du Soleil emphasized spectacle and ritual in a series of plays about French history.
“Finding the proper spectator-actor relationship” is a way describing the environmental theatre performances associated with
1 Kathakali dance- drama
2 Noh and Kabuki
4 All of these
All of these
The politically charged production of The Brig was staged by
Bread and Puppet Theatres traditionally began with an act of
1 Social and spiritual communion
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