Why tells stories?

While research about different types of ritual theatre could be helpful in understanding Act 3, this production decided that the opposite would be the most helpful. Since the survivors of the play are average people, I put together and spread around a survey to correlate what the average person knows about ritual theatre. This information would be the spring board for what knowledge would travel throughout the 82 years of Mr. Burns. In simpler terms, the people of Act 3 can only know the theatre history that those in Act 1 know, and will likely lose most of that knowledge… unless someone happens to locate theatre textbooks and really wants to replicate ritual theatre. However, because the members of Act 3 are rewriting their origin story, it seems unlikely that their style of theatre would be anything other than a creation specific to their time and what they have directly inherited. Below you can see results from the survey that I formulated into word clouds by taking all of the results and calculating what words were used most often to answer the questions. You can also read the full response in this pdf.

How did this form(s) of theatre make you feel while watching it?

What do you know about Greek theatre?

What do you know about Noh or Kabuki theatre?

What do you know about Elizabethan (Shakespeare) theatre?

What do you know about Commedia Dell’arte?

What do you know about Brechtian theatre?

What do you think is/was the purpose of ritualized theatre?

What do you think is stylized or ritualized about modern theatre you’ve seen?

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