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ERIC Number: ED193715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 8
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Theatre and Drama as Communication.
Gross, Roger
The most efficient and pragmatic conceptual system of viewing theatre work is through a communication model. This model is opposed to two other general conceptions of theatre and drama. The first is based on the notion that drama makes aesthetic demands and has requirements of its own that the artist must meet, even though it has no existence except in the thoughts and behavior of human beings, while the second view promotes only the artist's financial, educational, or therapeutic profit and leaves out audience awareness as a key factor. The communication model is a functional approach in which each moment of the play is seen to be not only purposeful in itself but also contributing to a grand purpose and to be manipulating the experience of the audience as precisely as possible toward predetermined ends. It is possible to make plays that are believable but meaningless, in which the moments convince but do not knit together into a coherent structure of significant behavior. The generation and manipulation of significance is the factor that separates artist-created behavior from the general run of behavior in "real life." Directors or designers who fully understand the functional approach have the basic tool that allows them to move out of the realm of inspiration and chance and into the realm of craft. (AEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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