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Title: Medieval Theater in Europe


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Medieval Theater in Europe
FAR 151 Introduction to Theater, Prof. Delchev
Fall 2008, American University in Bulgaria
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Overview
  • Influences
  • Staging
  • Liturgical Drama
  • Mystery Cycles
  • Morality Plays
  • Corpus Christi
  • Interludes
  • References

3
Influences
  • Travelling Artists (mimes, acrobats, minstrels
    etc.)
  • Folk Plays
  • Spread of Christianity

4
Influence
  • People in the Middle Ages

5
Influence
  • People in the Middle Ages

6
Staging
  • Mansions depicted specific locales
  • Plateaus open playing space

7
Staging
  • The two most represented places were Heaven and
    Hell

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Staging
9
Staging
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Staging
  • The Pageant Wagon (moveable stage)

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Staging
  • The Pageant Wagon (moveable stage)

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Staging
  • The Pageant Wagon (moveable stage)

13
Liturgical Drama
  • Originated from the Mass itself
  • Antiphonal singing
  • Trope
  • Development

14
Mystery Cycles
  • Outdoors and in the vernacular
  • Comprising up to 50 short plays
  • Biblical stories
  • Staging

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Mystery Cycles
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Morality Plays
  • Protagonist representing humanity or a social
    class
  • Originated in England
  • Intended to teach good morals

17
Corpus Christi
  • Commemorates the ritual of the Eucharist
  • Big processions
  • Pageant wagons

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Corpus Christi
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Interludes
  • Etymology from Latin inter between and ludus
    a play. Originally farcical episodes
    introduced between acts of mystery plays
  • Cover a wide range of entertainment topics

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References
http//www.newadvent.org/cathen/10348a.htmhttp//
www.win.net/kudzu/history.html http//www.videocc
asions-nw.com/history/medieval.html http//thedram
amama.com/theatrehistory.htm http//labyrinth.geor
getown.edu/ http//novaonline.nv.cc.va.us/eli/spd1
30et/medieval.htm http//www.nwmissouri.edu/LIBRAR
Y/courses/theatre/time/EMMA.htm http//www.britann
ica.com/EBchecked/topic/849217/Western-theatre/274
676/Medieval-theatre http//www.jstor.org/sici?sic
i0038-7134(199307)683lt888TTOMENgt2.0.CO2-Ncook
ieSet1
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