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The Necessity of TheaterThe Art of Watching and Being Watched$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.001.0001

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What Theater Makes

What Theater Makes

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(p.49) TWO What Theater Makes
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The Necessity of Theater
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Paul Woodruff (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.003.0004

The second chapter offers an account of what it is to be a particular theater piece—a question that belongs to ontology. A theater piece may be performed many times, so it is not identical to a particular performance; performances of plays are based on texts, but a text is not a theater piece because, by itself, it has nothing to do with watching and being watched. In general, a play is the particular play that it is because of the characters and plot that belong to it. That is why Shakespeare's Hamlet can have many versions and still be the same piece; but Anouilh's version of Antigone is not the same piece of theater as is Sophocles', owing to substantial differences in plot and character.

Keywords:   ontology, theater piece, Hamlet, Antigone, character, plot, performance, text, a play

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