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What is Theatre? by John Brown

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Lucifer’s Child, Acts I and II: Designed by Marjorie Bradley Kellogg.

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Stage Design

In a theatre we are sometimes conscious only of the actor, perhaps only of eyes or voice, or hands; and then we can lose all distinction between the play and reality, seeming to live, in our own minds, in the action that is taking place onstage: we think and feel for a character, as if he or she had no separate existence apart from us. On such occasions, we ourselves seem to create what we see and hear; we are the drama, and it exists for us. Thinking about such moments afterward, it is tempting to believe that nothing counts in ...

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