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Fine Arts--Theatre
Elizabethan and Shakespearean Acting
What is Theatre
Festivals and Origins
Elements of Classical Tragedy
Renaissance Theatre in England
Elements of Revenge Tragedy
Elizabethan and Shakespearean Acting
French Neoclassicism
French Neoclassicism II
French Theatre--16th and 17th C.
The Nineteenth Century--World Views
The Nineteenth Century--Production Changes
Nineteenth Century--The Well-made Play
Theatre of the Absurd
Absurdism as Philosophy
Existentialism--Search for Meaning
Naturalism--Emile Zola
Realism--Henrik Ibsen
Contemporary Drama: Black Theatre

 Elizabethan acting was done by acting companies that had sharing plans.

There were basically two kinds of performance, old‑fashioned and new

                     1. Edward Alleyn  (old fashioned) declamatory, rhetorical

                     2. Richard Burbage ‑ (new) Protean, could transform into the part. (Protean means being able to transform.)





Reconstructing a style of acting

             The method of acting was declamatory and the focus was on the presentation of language, not on psychological motivations of character. Edward Alleyn was one of the best known actors of this school and was especailly known for his roles as Tamburlaine and Faustus.

             Richard Burbage had a different style of acting. He was "protean" in his action.


The term Aplayer@ after 1600 became derogatory.

             Shakespeare wrote for the same actors for 20 years

Fine Arts-Theatre with dr.b