“No Drama”

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The type of drama, “no drama” is one in which the actor must use imaginary props rather than physical ones.  This type of drama demands an actor be of a much greater skill level putting a much heavier weight on the way actors speak, move and exaggerate their overall movements to help explain what objects they are pretending are there.  It is a true testament to the caliber of these actors if they can enthrall an audience despite the more intent focus upon them. 

The painting the Mona Lisa is a testament to Da Vinci’s great skill, not only because it resembled other masterful paintings of that time, but also because it was painted on a piece of wood, one of the most difficult surfaces on which to control paint.  The greater the challenge faced, in acting, painting or any other topic, the greater the victory for the one who triumphs despite their limitations.

I appreciate the additional creativity that is enforced with the presentation of a “no drama” play.  In comparison to drama with many props, lighting and sound effects I find this type of drama to be rather refreshing.  An example of a play that greatly contrasts to this style of  “no drama” is, Angels in America by Tony Kushner.  Not only does this play include many props, but it also allows the audience to see the ropes and pulleys on which actors were suspended.  This very modern form of drama intentionally reminds the audience that they were watching a play. 

While “no drama” similarly attempts to be as candid, the methods draw the audience into the play in a more pleasing manner, allowing them to rely more greatly on their own imaginations.  By forcing the audience to imagine props where there are none, staircases and bell towers where there is nothing, the audience must revert to childlike imagination allowing them to not just watch, but to actively participate in the presentation of the tale.


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