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Origin Greek Theatron from theasthai= To See, View

"Something is seen; Something is done; An action is witnessed”
Origin Greek Drama = Deed, Action on the stage
Theatre can be...
A) The Building in which something is seen.
B) The collection of people who perform in and make productions possible - The Company. The people who "do".
C) An Occupation. The job that is done
To have a theatre you need two things...
a place to Act (the stage) and a place to watch (the audience)
Origin Latin Audientia, from audiēns= To Hear
The Occupation of Theatre
Theatre is work, it is not play.
There are many different types of work in the theatre, physical and artistic, impersonation and performance.
Work - in the Physical sense
• Directing
• Acting
• Designing
• Building
• Crewing
• Stage Managing
• House Managing
• Playwriting
Work - in the Artistic sense
The sum of all of the physical and mental work is the artistic product that we present to the public.
Theatre is an art form. The question is what is art? What does art do?
"The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.”

doesn't mean that it has to be beautiful, it just needs to affect you.
Performers become characters. Easiest way is to put on a mask as the Greeks did.
Origin Latin persona = mask, actor, role, charcter, person. Persona is probably from Etruscan phersu = mask.
Breaking character
If an actor on the stage suddenly stops acting and we see the person onstage instead of the character they are portraying
Willing Suspension of Disbelief
We as an audience have to take that leap of faith. We know that the people onstage are actors, We also know that they are acting out specific actions to tell a story, yet to get anything out of the story we need to watch as these "shadows of imagination" act out their "lives". We need to hold onto that "sweet illusion".
"a: the action of representing a character in a dramatic work. b: a public presentation or exhibition."
(or direct) - performing directly to the audience, sometimes in asides or soliloquies.
(or indirect) - not performed directly to the audience. It is as if the audience is a fly on the wall witnessing a scene unfold in front of them.
A Play is...
a work of literature, the script
A Performance is...
a single presentation (usually in the evening) of a play in front of an audience.
A Production is...
all of the elements and choices that come together to produce theatre. These are: the script; the rehearsal period; the design process; the execution of the work (all of the performances).