Chapter 1 Study Guide

  1. What do the words “theatron” and “dran” mean?
    Theatron:  “Theatre” comes from the Greek theatron, or “seeing place.”

    Dran: drama, whose origin is from the Greek dran, “something done.”
  2. What are the minimal requirements for a theatre ‘building”?
    The requirements for building such a theatre were minimal: finding a space to act and a space to watch and hear.
  3. What is a troupe?
    theatre practitioners of various specialties have team up in long-standing companies, or troupes.
  4. What does a producer do?
    Producing includes securing all necessary personnel, space, and financing; supervising all production and promotional efforts; fielding all legal matters; and distributing all proceeds derived from receipts.
  5. Describe what a running crew does.
    jQuery110109127221986163752_1504088770470? Crewing consists of technicians who execute, in proper sequence and with carefully rehearsed timing, the light and sound cues and the shifting of scenery, as well as oversee the placement and return of properties and the assignment, laundering, repair, and changes of costumes. jQuery110104512138064758511_1504117087480?
  6. What are the responsibilities of the house manager?
    House managing includes the responsibilities for admitting, seating, and providing for the general comfort of the audience.
  7. Who runs a play during performance?
    Stage managing consists of “running” a play production in all its complexity in performance after performance.
  8. What is the distinctive feature that separates theatre from other arts?
    The fundamental quality of theatre is that it involves actors impersonating characters. this feature is unique to theatre and separates it from poetry, painting, sculpture, music, performance art, cabaret acts and other artistic activities.
  9. In classical time, what physical and symbolic element separated the actors from the audience?
    The Mask.

    the mask provides both a physical and a symbolic separation between the impersonator (the actor) and the impersonated (the character)
  10. Explain Coleridge’s concept of “willing suspension of disbelief.”
  11. What is the presentational of performance?
  12. What is the representational mode of performance?
  13. Which of these modes of performance does theatre employ?
  14. What are advantages of a live performance?
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