Theatre and Ritual

Theatre and Ritual

Theatre and Ritual: The theatre resembles the church in many ways through their cultures, history, and filled with traditions. The playwright creates

Theatre and Ritual: The theatre resembles the church in many ways through their cultures, history, and filled with traditions. The playwright creates the story, the actors tell the story and bring it to life, and there
is a personal connection with the audience. The stories could be very old and being told with a
modern view. Regardless how the story is told, the tradition of the story carriers on. Cohen and
Sherman note, “If ritual makes an event larger than life, storytelling makes it personal and
affecting” (190). Many religions have continued their traditions; however, they have all modified
the storytelling to reach the new generation and times. There are a numerous variety of
traditional dramas, where we see ritual and storytelling intertwined (Cohen & Sherman 192).
People memorize these things and live these ancient stories to remind them of their humanity and
spirituality, which takes them from a personal level to something bigger than them.  
Reference
Cohen, R. & Sherman, D. (2017). Theatre, Brief, (11th ed.). [Yuzu]. New York, NY: McGraw-
Hill Education. Retrieved from  https://reader.yuzu.com/#/books/undefined/  

"A ritual is described as a communal ceremony, performed by members of a society, normally
for religious or cultural reasons" (Cohen & Sherman, p. 189).  In theater production we see
a tremendous connection between the audience and the performers, and the performers
and their background or where they came from. When religious ceremony's happen they are put
on for a reason and that reason is usually for social, mental and a spiritual aspect, there is usually
a message or a story behind it. Theater and rituals don't have the same intentions. When a ritual
is performed its intention is to praise a god or an image at the top of a hierarchy, "everything
becomes heightened with meaning" (Cohen & Sherman, p.189. When a theater performance is
performed its intention is to tell a story about something that has happened. One thing that they
have in common is practice and repetition. Theater is a way to celebrate the cultures, spiritual
rituals, and beliefs, watching a production is a different type of learning and each person will
look at it in a different way and take away something different from the story. The ritual I do
follow the most is brushing my teeth every morning and every night. Some people are very strict
with what they do and how precisely they do it, I am not the one to feel the need to do something
every day at a specific time. In the future and as I get older I definitely can see myself getting
more into a ritual and following it, but as of now there is nothing that really speaks to me.

Source:  Cohen, R. & Sherman, D. (2017). Theatre, Brief, (11th ed.). [Yuzu]. New York, NY:
McGraw-Hill Education.

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