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Theatre History: Greek Drama January 2013
Greek Drama �Western Drama began in 6 th Century BC �Worship of the Greek god Dionysus �Start of Spring �Vines and grapes begin to grow. �Grapes = WINE and Harvest �Festival of Dionysus made up of Theatre Performance Competition.
Greek Drama �To honor Dionysus’ death, a group of chanters danced around the altar on which a goat was sacrificed. �Group of Chanters = CHORUS �Chorus members were called goat-singers. �Goat-Song called TRAGOS.
Greek Drama- CHORUS
Greek Drama- CHORUS
Greek Drama �Thespis- First Actor to step out of chorus and begin conversation. �THESPIS = THESPIAN = Actor (Theatre Peeps).
Greek Drama �Trilogy – Three plays related by theme, myth, or characters. �Satyr Play- The fourth play was irreverent, bawdy burlesque. �Bawdy- Indecent, raunchy.
Greek Drama- Technical Theatre �Performances occurred on hillsides. �Orchestra – Circular area where the chorus danced. �Wooden (stone) seats. �Skene- Small hut stone building used to change costumes and masks, then second story added and used to perform.
Greek Drama- Technical Theatre �Machina - Crane-like hoist used to make actor fly. �Characters lowered by Machina usually represented s god from Mount Olympus who came to earth to settle human affairs. �Deus Ex Machina - god from the machine. This term is also used to indicate an artificial plot device to resolve story difficulties.
Greek Drama �Chorus members were integral parts of Greek plays. �Chorus served to explain the situation, bring audience up to date, to make a commentary on the action. �NARRATOR!
Greek Drama �Greatest Greek Tragedy Writers: �Aeschylus �Sophocles �Euripides
Greek Drama- Aeschylus �Expanded the number of actors and reduced the size of the chorus. �He left us the only surviving trilogy- The Oresteia
Greek Drama- Sophocles �Refined plot structure to create plot strucutre. �Power of Gods VS Free Will �Great Tragedian – Wrote Oedipus Rex and Antigone
Greek Drama- Euripides �Became more interested in people’s every day lives than religious views. �Pathos- human sorrow and compassion. �Author of Trojan Women and Medea.
Medea Quiz #1 �Write the keyword for each question followed by the answer. 1. Give me the name of Medea’s husband. 2. What action is the King of Corinth planning to take in regards to Medea and her children? 3. Who does Medea hate (aside from her husband)? 4. Why is Creon banishing Medea from Corinth?
Medea Quiz #2 � Write the keyword for each question followed by the answer. � 1. Creon, the King, banishes Medea from Corinth. What favor does Medea ask of Creon? � 2. Medea is planning her revenge against the king, princess, and her husband Jason. How is she going to attain her revenge? � 3. Medea claims that she rescued and helped Jason in his adventures. Jason denies it and says that ------- is the one who blessed and helped him throughout his adventures. � 4. Why is Jason marrying the princess? **bonus: " it is not right that the seed of Sisyphus and Aeson should gloat over you [Medea], the daughter of a noble sire and descendant of the Sun". What does this sentence tell you about Medea?
MEDEA Quiz #3 � Write down keyword or phrase followed by answer: � 1. Why was Aegeus visiting the oracle at Delphi? 2. What promise did Aegeus make with Medea? 3. How is Medea going to poison the princess? 4. According to Medea, what is the correct thing to do with her children? *Bonus: who is Phoebus?
MEDEA Quiz #4 � Write down keyword or phrase followed by answer: � 1. What news did the messenger give to Medea? 2. How does Medea kill her children? 3. Jason rushes to Medea and finds his dead children. According to Medea, who is at fault for their murder? 4. What happens to Medea at the end of the play? Explain. **Bonus: what city is she going to? ****Bonus: who is her father's father?