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Indian Theater
Sanskrit Drama (language of noble classes)
Draw on themes from epic literature
We don't know how they were acted
Natyasastra - work of criticism that discusses Sanskrit plays
Kathakali - dance drama, produced at night, good always wins
Theater in China - Yuan Dynasty
Four acts
Lots of music
Small number of actors
Professional actors
Theater in China - Ming dynasty
Emperor began to rule...plays written for elite
Theater in China - Peking Opera
Audience members at tables
Symbolism
Ornate, colorful costumes
Theater in Japan - Banraku
Puppet Theater
Musicians and chanters who tell stories
2/3 the size of humans
Theater in Japan - Kabuki
Music, dance, drama
All roles by men
Ornate costumes
Puppets
Medieval Dramas: Morality vs Mystery Play
Morality: designed to teach a lesson, characters were often allegorical and represented virtues or faults

Mystery: cycle plays, short dramas based on events in the New and Old Testaments
Medieval Drama - general
Stages in town squares

Mansions - individual scenic units used for staging religious dramas

Wagon - low platform mounted on wheels

Only men

Pageant Master - supervised the mounting of mystery plays

Platform stage - elevated stage with no proscenium