Theater Essays & Term Papers

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The Art of Theater Neither a book nor a work, but an energy Theater is the most remarkable art of life. It is a collaborate art combining different people into one solid group in which they work together harmoniously in order to portray a certain idea, concept, or piece of art. Theater deals with various forms of emotions and is most commonly expected to leave a trace or stimulate sentiments on the audience. The mind plays a big role in theater, for the art lies within our imagination. O

Greek Theater Although theaters developed in many parts of Greece, it was in Athens, where the most dramatic styles the world has known was formed. Ancient Greek theaters were built in natural open air sites on conveniently shaped hills. This allowed a great mass of people to enjoy a show at one time(The Ephesus could hold 56,000 people) Unlike later dramas, which could be endlessly duplicated, Greek manuscripts existed as a single, fragile piece. Many of them have been destroyed over tim

Greek Theater Although theaters developed in many parts of Greece, it was in Athens, where the most dramatic styles the world has known was formed. Ancient Greek theaters were built in natural open air sites on conveniently shaped hills. This allowed a great mass of people to enjoy a show at one time(The Ephesus could hold 56,000 people) Unlike later dramas, which could be endlessly duplicated, Greek manuscripts existed as a single, fragile piece. Many of them have been destroyed over

Globe TheaterTheaters in the time of Shakespeare are quite different from those we have today. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. What the theater today can show us visually, with intricate scenery and electric lighting, Shakespearean playgoers had to imagine. This made Shakespeare have to write in a vivid language so the audience could unde

The Roman Theaters had originated in 240 B.C for celebrations when public athletic games, and events were held. These celebrations would portray comedy and tragedy through music, dancing and acting. Most of the acting, and dancing prophesized events or would honor the gods. However, dancing was not as highly thought of, as it was difficult to portray a battle scene through dancing. In Rome, there were several large theaters for the performance of plays. The theater was a very important par

Ok, so the only reason I joined theater class was because I needed an easy A. A blow-off class of some sort, to balance out the rest of my schedule. I got much more than that. I am taking with me a sense of self-worth, and confidence. I acquired the ability to think on my feet, and the motivation to get up and do something when faced with a new situation, not just giggle and turn red. The biggest thing, I think, is the ability to just talk to people and not be worried about what they t

The Living Theater The Living Theater is a theatrical company that took a different road than those of traditional theaters. Lead by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, the Living Theater smashed the barriers between art and politics. This far left-wing company was ready for a new theater, a theater that was out to change the state of things, performing plays that were not being done and doing them in new untried ways(Gottfried 95). American theater of the past was made up of complete right-win

William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in Stratford in 1564. He was one of eight children. The Shakespeare's were well respected prominent people. When William Shakespeare was about seven years old, he probably began attending the Stratford Grammar School with other boys of his social class. William Shakespeare learned Greek and Latin classics (this is comparable to college education today). Students went to school year round attending school for nine hours a day. The teachers

Elizabethan Theater Elizabethan times in the 1600s was a progression for the world of the theater. A period named after Queen Elizabeth I of England, it is from this period that modern day society has its foundation for the entertainment industry. From the violence that was prevalent because of the Black Death, people turned to the theater for its poetry and romance. During this time period, there were two types of theatrical performances that were available for the people s viewing, comedie

The Globe Theater changed the course of English Theater forever. The Globe broke rules of ownership, class standards, and promoted the greatest playwright ever, William Shakespeare. Throughout its history the Globe Theater has produced the best of Shakespeare and his amazing plays and when it was closed London never felt the same. But once again Shakespeare is upon us. The newly re-built Globe gives us one more chance to re-live Shakespeare s plays. Through examining the history and collapse o

The Globe Theater changed the course of English Theater forever. The Globe broke rules of ownership, class standards, and promoted the greatest playwright ever, William Shakespeare. Throughout its history the Globe Theater has produced the best of Shakespeare and his amazing plays and when it was closed London never felt the same. But once again Shakespeare is upon us. The newly re-built Globe gives us one more chance to re-live Shakespeare’s plays. Through examining the history and

Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the Arts today is the Performing Arts. Yet, without previous cultures such as the ancient Greeks, the Romans, and the Europeans, we would not have the entertaining, history enriched performing arts that we do now. The history of the Ancient Greek Theater begins with a man known as Thespis. A figure of whom we know very little, he won the play competition in honor of the Greek god Dionysus, in 534 B.C. While it is uncertain whether Thesp

William Shakespear Born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. His father John Shakespeare and his mother Mary Arden. W.S. was able to attend grammer school and learned Greek and Latin classics (this is comparable to college education today). At age 14 his father lost the family fortune and remained poor until his death At 18 he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. She was 26 years old. They had three children Suzanne(1583) and the twins Hamnet and Judith(1585). In his mid

Macbeth The play, Macbeth, was written by William Shakespeare. The performance was held at the Museum of Art and performed by Orlando Shakespeare Festival. There were eight actors in the play and each one performed several roles. The actors consisted of Stephanie Roberts, Richard Width, Mandi Moss, Jonathan Croy, Scott Hodges, Jenna Ware, Eric Hissom, and Richard Watson. My overall reaction to the play is that it was well put together and very well performed. I was very impressed.

1. Abe Lincoln and JFK had a lot in common. So much in fact, that it's a little scary. Here goes. 2. Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. JFK in 1946. 3. Lincoln was elected president 11-6-1860. JFK was elected 11-8-1960. 4. After their deaths they were both succeeded by southerners named Johnson. Andrew Johnson was born in 1808, Lyndon Johnson in 1908. 5. John Wilkes Booth was born in 1838, while Lee Harvy Oswald was born 101 years later. Both men were southeners and both

The Life Of William Shakespeare Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 in the town of Stratford, England. His father, John Shakespeare was a glove maker and his mother May Arden inherited land so they had some money. As a result of his father having money he did not have to stay home and help out as much. He probably unlike many other children at that time attended the town’s free school. At the age of eighteen Shakespeare married Anne Hathawy November 27, 1582 who was eight years

The Greek Theater: "The arts of the western world have been largely dominated by the artistic standards established by the Greeks of the classical period" (Spreloosel 86). It is from the Greek word theatron, meaning a place for sitting, that we get our word theater. According to James Butler, "The Greeks were the first people to erect special structures to bring audiences and theatrical performers together" (27). "The theaters were normally located near a populated area at the bottom of or

The play by Leroi Jones, Great Goodness of Life, is considered a revolutionary play. It is worth reminding that the revolutionary theater has a purpose of teaching the white society as well as their black brothers about the reality of their existence. The Revolutionary Theatre must teach them their deaths . In this play, Leroi Jones is attacking the African Americans who are not aware of the cause they should fight for. Court Royal is a black man who is well fitted inside the American societ

Two Influences of the Day Through the play " Raisin in the Sun, " Beneatha Younger is exposed to two men who she both has an interest in. This being Joseph Asagai and George Murchison. Both men have some similar characteristics, but also differences which make their actions stand out from each other. To start, both men are kind at heart. They have good intentions, but goabout it differently. Asagai likes to talk about his past and get more involved in most things more than George. As he

Asian theatre is comprised of more than one geographic area. It consists of India, China and Japan. Each brought their own uniqueness to Asian theatre. Asian theatre as it pertains to China will be discussed in this chapter. Ancient Chinese chronicles mention other theatrical activities such as skits, pantomimes, juggling, singing and dancing. This serves as an indication that there were early Chinese versions of popular entertainment. During the Yuan Dynasty, China was ruled not by

Romantic Theatre Unifying Society Through Polite Conversation From Romanticism in theater we find that the purpose of the role of art was to lead people to perceive the underlying unity of all existence and thus to eliminate conflict - to make man whole again. How did the Romantic theater make an impact to, in essence, unify existence or society? With the help of Hazlitt, a drama reviewer (critic) of 1820, we can examine the characteristics that Romanticism brought to the theater that, i

Sunddenly, Bob dashes out into the audience and jokingly asks one of the audience members if she would like to catch a movie after the play. This type of thig was typical at The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in Samuel Park in Dallas. It was an entertaining comedy with many themes and many plays. The comedy was well performed as well and was very entertaining. The actors did a stupendous job of involving the audience and, at the same time, keeping a comic attitude. The charact

Shakespeare and his Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery an

Blithe Spirit Neil Chiste The two plays I will be comparing in this essay are Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Stewart Lemoine s Evelyn Strange , both put on at the New Varscona Theater. Both were very good plays, and the enjoyment factor for everyone in the theater was high, but both plays in many ways contrasted each other. Blithe Spirit dealt with a man who is haunted by his dead wives, brought back by a crazy fortune teller and is mainly a play based around comedy, while Evelyn Stran

Shakespeare and his Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery and elect

- Tonight in America, approximately 5.5 million will attend a movie, - more than 40 million will listen to the radio and - more than 150 million will turn on their tvs, - while fewer than 100, 000 will attend the theater - Theater has had great influence on society for over 2500 years - unlike tv and motion picture which hasn’t sprung up til this century - although, tv, radio and movies have added a lot to the world of entertainment - they are based on theater in some way or

The Globe Theater is said to be the most important structure in Shakespeare’s dramatic career. The Chamberlain Company built the Theater in 1699. The Theater was located on the Southern shore of the Thames River in London. Shakespeare, being a member of the Chamberlain Company, became a shareholder in the Theater. Along with Shakespeare, James Burbage, his two sons, and five members of the troupe owned the Globe (Zenger). This group of men was called Lord Chamberlains Men after a pa

It is difficult to say at times, what exactly makes a movie great. I have found that the good movies are felt as you are leaving the theater. The audience should be able to feel and belive, to some degree. When exiting a movie, I hope that I feel this way. Today, paying large sums of money for each visit to the theater is tough to keep up. The audience expects an extra special performance each and every visit. I want to feel good as I leave. This satisfies my willingness to put out a larg

AMC: The New Generation It is Friday night and one must go see the latest movie. The only problem is choosing a theater. With so many theaters in the metroplex, it is hard to choose one that has different things to offer. Moviegoers want good seating, short lines, nice atmosphere, and various other benefits, but most theaters only offer a few, if any, of these benefits. The new AMC multiplexes provides everything to make a moviegoers experience worthwhile. AMC theaters are now taking over

Staging in "Six Characters in Search of an Author" Pirandello's masterpiece, "Six Characters in Search of an Author" is well known for its innovative techniques of characterization, especially in the fullness of character as exhibited by the Stepdaughter and the Father, but it is especially renowned, and rightfully so, for the brilliant staging techniques employed by its author. Pirandello uses his innovative staging techniques specifically to symbolize, within the confines of the theater, t

Environmental Effects There are many different environmental factors which determine how a movie is perceived by any one individual. These effects include, but are not limited to, location of movie viewing and with whom the movie is viewed with. These effects can differ dramatically and are the most potent of which can affect the comfort level of an individual viewing a specific film. The first environment in which one can view a movie is the home. At home is the most comfortable place to

Greek influence is visable in everything that we have today. Our laws, cities and even our system of goverment all come from asppects of greek civilization, but maybe what we have been influenced the most gy the greeks is in architecture. Maybe the reason this is, is that it was a new form of architecture that had little to do with function and everything to do with looks. Agood example is the Greek temple. They were built in honor of the gods, but the architects were most likely mor

William Shakespeare’s Effect on Contemporary Theater William Shakespeare and all of his works greatly contributed to contemporary theater in many ways. His understanding of other people allowed him to fully grasp the quality he wrote of. The works of Shakespeare contain a strong and constant truth, touching emotional and supernatural aspects of life. These realities make Shakespeare’s works vital, even on toady’s learning institutions and theatrical realms, accounting for his

The name of John Wilkes Booth conjures up a picture of America's most infamous assassin,the killer of perhapsthe greatest president of the United States. However, J. Wilkes Booth led a very prominent life as an actor in the years preceding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This period of his life is often forgotten or overlooked. The booth family name in the nineteenth century was strongly identified with the American theater scene; there was no greater name among American actors at this

Chagall is recognized as one of the most significant painters and graphical artists of the 20th century. Most of his unique work is based on poetic inspiration. Marc Chagall was born on July 7, 1887, in Vitsyebsk, Russia. He was taught about art in Saint Petersburg and Paris until 1914. During this period he painted the works known as Candles in the Dark (1908), I and the Village (1911), and The Praying Jew (1914). His used different styles in these artworks that are known as Russian exp

Antonio Banderas Jose Antonio Dominguez Banderas was born in Malaga, Spain on August 10, 1960. He studied theater at the School of Dramatic Art in Malaga and began his career working with an independent theater company there. In 1981, he moved to Madrid and worked in theater and television, which led to his debut in Pedro Almodovar's Labyrinth of Passion. It was Almodovar who picked his artistic name. Antonio filmed several films under Almodovar's direction, including Women on the Ve

"Zeus' divine childrelishes the happy lifeHe loves peace who sheds happinessPeace who nurses admirable youthsAnd gave of the rich and poorHe hates those who do not do their bestDay and wondrous nightTo live happily." Eurip. Bacchai (416 - 426) To the Greeks, the festival was a crucial event that could not be missed. Religious festivals in honor of the god of wine and fertility, Dionysus, occurred twice a year in January/February and March/April. The festivals included fifth century

Abraham (Bram) Stoker was born November 8, 1947 in north Dublin, the third of seven children. For the first 7 years of his life he (Stoker) with a lot of childhood diseases which afforded him much time to reading. By the time he went to college, Stoker had somehow overcome his chilhood illnesses and while at Trintiy College, Dublin, the honor student was involved in soccer and was amarathon running champion. He was also involved in various literary and dramatic activities, a prec

globe theatere The origins of the first Globe have many interesting details that make up its history. London developed a demand for entertainment and theaters. Europeans took the chance and began to build them. In 1576 the first successful theater was in operation in London. This building was simply called "The Theater," which was owned by James Burbage and John Brayne. Twenty years later in 1596 the lease was about to expire. Their landlord was giving them an unfair lease that would

It is difficult to say something specific about Antonin Artaud and to limit his contributions of not just re-inventing or re-forming the concept of the theater but also of art, human intellectuality and psychology. Before coming to the idea of The Theater of Cruelty Artaud was concerned with the world’s insignificance towards culture. Artaud explains the need for culture to feed the human mind. He makes a comparison between the need for culture being equal with hunger for food. Unli

West Side Story During my vacation in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, my two friends and I came across The Papermill Theater. An old run down mill, turned into a theater, with lots of history. We all decided to attend the play , West Side Story, hoping it would be a good experience. As we entered the theater my eyes swayed from left to right taking in all the history of the building. I saw old ceilings and walls with different mill machines with in them. I came across the old s

The Audience of the Shakespearean Theater During the Elizabethan Age there were different social classes. What you wore depended upon the social class to which you belonged. It was easy to distinguish the classes by the way people would dress for the theater, and also where they sat to watch the performance. The lower class, also called peasants, were poorer people. Most were merchants or servants. A peasant man would wear a tunic or shirt, and breeches of some kind. He would also

West Side Story During my vacation in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, my two friends and I came across The Papermill Theater. An old run down mill, turned into a theater, with lots of history. We all decided that we would attend the play that West Side Story. Hoping it would be a good experience. As we entered the theater my eyes were swayed to the left and right taking in all of the history of the building. I saw old ceilings and walls with different mill machines with in the

Thornton Wilder's wrote Our Town in contrast to many other plays. Wilder's objectives in writing the play oppose those of traditional drama. The character known as the "Stage Manager" plays many roles not seen in traditional plays. In addition, the way in which the setting is acknowledged is unique. Our Town does not follow the norms that other plays have established. In most conventional plays, the goal is for the audience to become so absorbed in the production that they forget

English Composition 101 29 November 1999 The Pink Palace Museum When I first moved to Memphis, I decided that I wanted to learn more about my new hometown. I thought that the museums would be the perfect place to help me learn more about Memphis. There is one museum in particular that I will never forget. It is called The Pink Palace Museum. The Pink Palace Museum is a pink grand palace made of pink bricks and pink Georgian marble. Before the palace was transformed into a museum, i

A Critique of Stephen King’s “Why We Crave Horror Movies” Elliot Potter In Stephen King’s essay “Why We Crave Horror Movies” he suggested that we are all mentally ill, demonstrated by those who talk to themselves on occasion, make grimacing faces or have hysterical fears of snakes, the dark, or tight places. King also stated that he believed that a horror movie appealed to all that is worst in us, allowing us to experience morbidity, basic instincts and fantasi

Ancient Greek Theater Imagine this following scene: You are sitting in a dark, fairly crowded large room. There are hundreds of other people, in hundreds of other seats surrounding you. In front of you, there is a large stage, with people acting out a play. Lights, music, and different sound effects set the mood of the play for you to understand more clearly what is going on. With these certain conventions, viewer can get a real grasp of a story in which several actors are trying to po

William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer's plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born in Stratford England in 1564. His father was a glovemaker who owned a leather shop, and his mother was a farmer's daughter. William Shakespeare was one of eight children

Steven Brink Intro to Theatre Summary of “Lend Me a Tenor” In the following summary of Lend Me a Tenor I will look at many different aspects affecting the play such as: actors, directing, lighting, scenery, costumes, text, and characters. With myself seeing this play eight times and almost getting all of the lines down myself I know that this will be the best summary of this play, or at least hope. What I am going to try to do is walk you from the beginning to the end pointing

Every company has what is known as a signature piece, that is, a work which expresses something about the artistic direction and the spirit of the company. For the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater that piece is Revelations. Choreographed and set to traditional music, Revelations was first performed at the Ninety-second Street YM-YWHA New York, NY., January 31, 1960. The lead dancers were Joan Derby, Minnie Marhsall, Merle Derby, Dorene Richardson, Jay Fletcher, Nathaniel Horne, and Herman Howe