Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy ( the Greeks looked to the example of…
Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy
the Greeks looked to the example of mythical heroes
Theatre played a central role in Greek culture
This theatre divided into three genres: satyr plays, comedies and tragedies.
Satyr plays are the oldest sort of play.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker created South Park
South Park is almost identical to Greek comedy.
At the heart of both is the lampoon
To lampoon means to criticize using ridicule or sarcasm.
Greek comedians did not limit their lampooning to people
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The Great Theatre
The cast of a Greek play in the Dionysia was comprised of amateurs, not professionals
Ancient Greek actors had to gesture grandly so that the entire audience could see and hear the story
Most Greek theatres were cleverly constructed to transmit even the smallest sound to any seat.
The actors were so far away from the audience that without the aid of exaggerated costumes and masks.
The masks were made of linen or cork, so none have survived.
Tragic masks carried mournful or pained expressions, while comic masks were smiling or leering.
The shape of the mask amplified the actor's voice, making his words easier for the audience to hear.