Altering My Definition of Theatre Discussion Essay
After posting your initial response to the Martian’s
question, viewing the film clips on the What is
Theatre page, and reading Three Actor-Audience
Relationships, discuss the ways in which the clips and
reading lead, you to modify your definition of theatre (if
they do). As always, be specific in your references. Talk
about how the clips and reading either solidify your
suggested definition or suggest the need to make
changes in what you said (and if you do want to make
changes, talk about what you would change, and why).
Hello please follow all instructions Watch each of the following videos, read Three Actor-Audience Relationships, and then proceed to the What is Theatre (Discussion Posting 2). NOTE: Watch the first 5 minutes of Play Boy of the Western World and Night Walk. Watch the entirety of Play and Beijing Opera. Of course, you’re free to watch more of the longer clips, if they intrigue you. By the way, the first two videos are from a database that you can access through the library, Theatre in Video. (https://video-alexanderstreet-com.ezproxy.lib.usf.edu/channel/theatre-in-video)There’s lots of interesting stuff there. Playboy of the Western World (https://video-alexanderstreet-com.ezproxy.lib.usf.edu/channel/theatre-in-video)Nightwalkhttps://search-alexanderstreet-com.ezproxy.lib.usf.edu/view/work/bibliographic_entity%7Cvideo_work%7C658019/clip/7914Play by Samuel Beckett This clip is 15 min. Don’t be put off by the weird style- watch to the end. See what story you can put together out of the confessions. (https://youtu.be/s2QJ0FYE3pw)Beijing Operahttps://youtu.be/xYWiQ_RnLWE
TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEO FILE:00:00:00______________________________________________________________________________ 00:00:00BEGIN TRANSCRIPT: 00:00:00[sill.] 00:00:00from The Richard Rodgers Theatre New York City 00:00:00KEVIN KLINE JENNIFER GARNER DANIEL SUNJATA 00:00:00in CYRANO de BERGERAC by EDMOND ROSTAND 00:00:00translated and adapted by ANTHONY BURGESS 00:00:00set design TOM PYE 00:00:00costume design GREGORY GALE 00:00:00lightning design DON HOLDER 00:00:00directed for the stage by DAVID LEVAUX 00:00:00A theatre in Paris 1640 00:01:00CHRISTIAN What’s this place called, then? 00:01:05LIGNIERE There Bose leigh (ph.)!
Look, I came here to help you if I could, but it’s pretty clear that the lady isn’t coming. I’ll be on my way, I’ve some serious drinking to do tonight. 00:01:20CHRISTIAN No! Stay, just a while longer, please! To nurse a flame like mine just a little longer for- 00:01:20LIGNIERE A woman without a name! 00:01:25CHRISTIAN, you’ll know her. I’m afraid, afraid she’ll be coquettish, exquisite, afraid to speak and show my- 00:01:30LIGNIERE Lack of wit! 00:01:35CHRISTIAN This smart new language they all speak and write eludes me. All I know is- 00:01:35LIGNIERE How to fight! A soldier conquered by two enemies.
Shyness and love! 00:01:45CHRISTIAN I must know who she is. Wait till she comes. She’s bound to come. 00:01:45LIGNIERE No, no thirst waits for no man. I’m sorry, I must go. I have the whole of Paris to swim through. 00:01:55UNKNOWN Orange ale? 00:01:55LIGNIERE Oh God. 00:01:55UNKNOWN Milk? 00:02:00LIGNIERE My sweet young dairy-maid, I was weaned a long, long time back. 00:02:05UNKNOWN Muscadelle. 00:02:05LIGNIERE Very well.
Christian, I’ll stay a while. An introduction! 00:02:15UNKNOWN Not under the table, yet? 00:02:15LIGNIERE May I present Baron Christian de Neu Villette! 00:02:15CHRISTIAN Enchanted! 00:02:15UNKNOWN A stranger to Paris. 00:02:20CHRISTIAN I have been here rather less than three weeks. I’m joining the guards. 00:02:25LIGNIERE Ah! Regenia! This is the man who let you eat and owed your poet! 00:02:30RAGUENEAU Where’s Cyrano? 00:02:35CHRISTIAN That man’s not much of a theater goer. 00:02:35RAGUENEAU He’s got to be here! 00:02:35CHRISTIAN Got to be? 00:02:35RAGUENEAU Mont Fleury’s performing! 00:02:40CHRISTIAN So?
00:02:40RAGUENEAU Cyrano’s sworn him, you know, to quit the stage on pain of his displeasure for a whole month! 00:02:45UNKNOWN This Cyrano. What is he? 00:02:50RAGUENEAU Here is his friend, Le Bret, he can tell you. 00:02:50LE BRET Oh God, Mont fleury is performing?
00:02:55RAGUENEAU Oh well you’re looking for Bergerac? 00:02:55LE BRET I’m worried. 00:02:55UNKNOWN Is he so extraordinary, this Bergerac? 00:03:00LE BRET Exquisite! One of the world’s prodigies! 00:03:05RAGUENEAU Poet! 00:03:05LE BRET Fighter! 00:03:05CHRISTIAN Musician! 00:03:05RAGUENEAU Physician! 00:03:05CHRISTIAN Ah. His appearance, though.
Is unnaturally bizarre. 00:03:10RAGUENEAU Bizarre. Excessive! Hyperbolic! Droll. With his triple-waving plume. His visible soul. This is Cyrano de Bergerac! Cocky, insolent, ghastly proud. He goes flaunting that Punchinello strawberry nose of his. A nose, gentlemen, that makes one feel like squealing, oh God no, it can’t be real! It must be detachable! It is! I’m prepared to bet! But Cyrano has never been known to detach it, yes. 00:03:45UNKNOWN But he doesn’t seem to be coming?
00:03:50RAGUENEAU Well he’ll be here in a minute or so. 00:03:50UNKNOWN Ah, look at her! 00:03:55UNKNOWN How unbearably beautiful! So fresh so cool! 00:04:00LIGNIERE Ah! So that’s the one? 00:04:00CHRISTIAN Yes yes yes! Who, tell me, oh my knees are knocking! 00:04:05LIGNIERE Eh second name Reba, known as Roxanne! 00:04:05CHRISTIAN Roxanne. 00:04:10LIGNIERE Delicately reared. Bookish. 00:04:10CHRISTIAN Bookish, oh no. 00:04:10LIGNIERE Still single. An orphan. Cousin to Cyrano. 00:04:15CHRISTIAN Who’s that with her?
00:04:15LIGNIERE That’s the comp, de Guichet. Complete with cordon bleu! He’s totally smitten with her but irreparably wed to the niece of none other than Cardinal Richler. If he can’t marry Roxanne, he proposed to hitch her instead to a certain unpleasant vet cont.! There he is, Valverde! And the vet cont.’s obliging so de Guichet will push in there and do you catch my meaning? 00:04:45CHRISTIAN Good as dead, let me hurl it in his face!
00:04:45LIGNIERE Whose face? 00:04:45CHRISTIAN This vet cont. de Valverde! 00:04:50LIGNIERE Idiot. Small stuff might you. He’ll eat you in canopies. Stop it. You, see? She’s looking at you. 00:05:05CHRISTIAN Oh heavens it’s true. At me, at me! Oh god, she’s looking at me. 00:05:10LIGNIERE So, me and my thirst will be the ones to go. 00:05:15UNKNOWN No Cyrano! I can’t understand it. 00:05:15UNKNOWN Oh it’s possible he hasn’t seen the playbill. 00:05:20UNKNOWN Ow! Ow! It’s quite a crush tonight. We’re practically in one another’s pockets!
00:05:25CHRISTIAN So I see. 00:05:30UNKNOWN Ow! If you let me go sir, I’ll let you into a secret. 00:05:30CHRISTIAN Secret. What, what! 00:05:30UNKNOWN That Lingered! Him who’s just left, has not got more than an hour to live. He wrote a song attacking one of these gents, and they’re sending along 100 men to get him. I’m one, that’s how I know, you see? 00:05:45CHRISTIAN Where will they be? 00:05:45UNKNOWN At the port de Nell! It’s on his way home, you, see? You’d better get a message to him.