Monday, November 19, 2018

Play Project: Day 3; Hamilton: Act 2

Period 1:

Use the time in class to work on your play projects. See previous posts for details. Your play drafts will be due either Thursday, Nov. 29 or Monday, Dec. 3.

Period 2:

As we read/listen to Hamilton, notice theatrical conventions. Also, look for some of these Greek Tragedy elements in the libretto:
  • A story based on history or historical legends
  • Hubris (a tragic flaw or hamartia of a character who feels he/she is too great, powerful, or perfect to make a mistake...this is usually taking the gods or fate for granted, or ignoring the natural reality of life, etc.)
  • A good (or powerful) character comes to a bad end (usually as a result of the character's hubris or hamartia)
  • peripety (turning point or change of fortune)
  • An anagnorisis (a discovery) (enlightenment)
  • chorus representing the populus (the people)
  • Aristotle's 6 elements of a play: Character, Plot, Idea, Language, Music, Spectacle
  • Stasimon (choral singing together)
  • Stichomythia (alternating short lines of dialogue between 2 or more characters)
  • Parados/exodus (the entrance of the chorus (parados) and the exit of the chorus (exodus))
  • Deus Ex Machina (a contrived ending)
Find examples in your notes of theatrical conventions used in the musical. Also, find at least 1 example of each of the Greek Tragedy elements as we read/listen to Acts 1 & 2 of the play. You will turn in your notes at the end of the reading. (See handout).

HOMEWORK: Work on your play project. Complete Hamilton: Act 2 & complete your play analysis for Hamilton.

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