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Theatre Chap 4

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Multifocus environments, where something is going on in more than one playing area simultaneously
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Created and found spaces
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Also known as a “picture-frame” stage because it resembles a large picture frame through which the audience looks
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Proscenium stage
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Playing space is in the center of a square or circle, with seats for spectators all around
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Arena Stage
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Elaborate scenery is impossible, because it would block the view of the spectators
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Thrust Stage
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All the seats in the auditorium face in the same direction
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Proscenium stage
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Audience sits on three sides, or in a semicircle, enclosing a stage which protrudes into the center
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Thrust Stage
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Stage area in these theaters are usually deep, allowing for elaborate scenery
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Proscenium stage
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Also known as circle theater or theater-in-the-round
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Arena Stage
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Developed by the Greeks for their plays, it also was the type of stage used during Shakespeare’s time
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Thrust Stage
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Stages that use unusual structures as they are, with their original architectural elements intact, carving out special areas for acting and viewing
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Proscenium stage
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Offers more intimacy than other types of theaters
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Arena Stage
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Also known as a “fourth wall” stage
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Proscenium Stage
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Most Broadway theaters were built in this configuration
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Proscenium Stage
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Typical Elizabethan playhouse
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Thrust Stage
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Used by avant-garde theaters such as the Performance Group
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Created and found spaces
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The standard theater throughout Europe and the United States from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century
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Proscenium Stage
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Giacomo Torelli invented the counterweight system for this type of theater
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Proscenium Stage
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Virtually all forms of primitive forms of theater perform in such a configuration.
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Thrust Stage
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“Site specific” theater productions are, by definition, performed in this type of space
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Created and found space
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A scene designer can create the illusion of a genuine, complete room more easily with this kind of stage
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Proscenium Stage
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A type of theater used in Spain
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Corrales
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The main floor of a theater
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Orchestra
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Greek stage house
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Skene
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The slant of an auditorium’s stage floor
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Rake
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Horse-shoe shaped tiers where the spectators sit that ring an auditorium
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Boxes
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A flexible theater that can be converted into different arrangements
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Black Box
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Side pieces of the scenery
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Wings
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Place above the stage where scenery was held
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Fly Loft
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Aggressive, politically-oriented theater produced by an activist in the streets
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Guerilla theater
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Series of ropes and pulleys that allow heavy scenery to be moved easily
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Counterweight System