French Renaissance Dates 17th Century (1600-1700)
Playwrights • A. Pierre Corneille-moralistic, eloquent LeCid • B. Jean Racine-classic rules "polite tragedy" • C. Moliere
Moliere • 1. high point satire • 2. choose another name so as not to disgrace his family • 3. acted on the road for 12 years in Commedia dell' Arte
continued • 4. acted throughout his life • 5. died after performing The Imaginary Invalid. • 6. helped to create Comedie Fancaise which became a state supported theatre
Theatre Architecture • A. playhouses were ornate, following the Italian plan • B. interiors contained gilded carvings, velvet covered seats and lavish drapes were abundant
Important Terms • "neoclassicism"-dramatists were to observe the classic unities and write in a restricted verse form.
Neoclasical rules (do not need in notes) • Anything which happens on stage must be able to happen in real life, • Every drama must preach a moral lesson by showing that good will be rewarded and that evil will be punished, • There could be no mixing of dramatic styles -- a play was either a comedy or tragedy, but not a tragicomedy • A play must observe the three unities (time, place and action), and • A drama must be divided into five acts.