15th and 16th Century Theater

By: Michael Kardos

15th-16th Century Spanish Theater

  • The use of character types is common, as there were subjects like honor, love, patriotism, and religion
  • Until about 1615, every performance involved monologues, songs, dances, and short sketches to keep the audience entertained
  • Many plays used polymetry, the use of different meters to fit characters and situations within one work, and historical events when writing plays
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15th-16th Century French Theater

  • A group of seven French poets, known collectively as the Pleiade began to new grammatical rules and words which influenced the theater in the region
  • Theater was academic and theatrical schools such as the School of Fontainebleau, which valued the artistic and literary movements that were taking place
  • Before the study of plays began, amature performances of many works were common
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Early American Theater

  • The mixing of practices, along with the fact that most American cultures were illiterate, makes it impossible for scholars to determine what native american performance traditions were like
  • Friars wrote autos in the native language and utilized other native elements in an effort to convert Americans to Christianity
  • Christian elements as well as influences from African slaves were present in American theater as early as the mid sixteenth century
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