“To save the theatre, the theatre must be destroyed, the actors and actresses must all die of the plague. They poison the air, they make art impossible. It is not drama that they play, but pieces for the theatre. We should return to the Greeks, play in the open air; the drama dies of stalls and boxes and evening dress, and people who come to digest their dinner.” Elenora Duse
Elenora Duse was an Italian actress in the late 19th century and early 20th. This is an interesting quote in that it might be something someone would thought had been said recently of the theatre instead of a hundred years ago. How interesting too to divide between “drama” and “pieces.”Her dislike of the later is, quite clear.
Also, I don’t agree. I don’t think the Greeks were the be all and the end all. They were necessary and they were the formation of theatre as we know it. But I like the way theatre has evolved. I like the human nature of theatre. The intimate act between what’s happening on stage and how it effects an audience. The open air is not intimate. I’m not big on theme over character and that is what the Greeks, in general, were all about.
What do you think?