Fundamentals of Theatre Arts History of the Theatre Greeks through Elizabethan Origins of Theatre Storytelling ancient cultures. 20,000 – 30,000 years old. Egyptians. 2,500 – 3,300 BC. “Murder of Wheat God Osiris by his Enemy Set” Done on a boat in the Nile River.
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History of the Theatre
Greeks through Elizabethan
3-day Spring Festival with food, wine, drunkeness, orgies, and entertainment.
Play contests by Euripedes, Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Sophecles
Play Contest using comedy and tragedy.
Dithyrambs – chants sung by performers.
All male cast.
Costumes – masks and robes.Greeks 500 B.C. – 100 B.C.
Playwrights became recognized with Plautus, Seneca, Terrence.
Spectacle became the norm with gladiators, races, sea battles, public killings.Romans 100 B.C. – 800 A.D.