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Aspects of the theatrical realism as “contemporary theatre” in 1950s Korea - focused on Cha beomseok’s plays and the productions of Jejackgeukhoe(The Production Theatre Circle)

LEE YOUNG SEOK 1

1한국예술종합학교

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ABSTRACT

In this paper, we check to one aspect of the realistic theater performances in 1950s through the contents of the drama and production of Cha beomseok and Jajackgeukhoe. The discussion of contemporary theatre is actively developed in the late 1950s, South Korea. Cha beomseok and Jajackgeukhoe was advocating a theatrical activities for the "theatrical modern". To consider the aspect that is realized in Playwriting and performances is meant to check the pattern of seeking to establish a contemporary drama. Cha beomseok and Jajackgeukhoe were against the emission of feelings and tried to conform the realistic style on the stage. Cha beomseok sought the realistic aesthetics by the character looking at the distance between himself and the reality. In the 1950s’ play works, however, distinctive characteristics are found. In <Bulmoji>(The Wasteland), <Gongsangdosi>(The Fancy City), <Ggepjilijjaejineunapeumoepsineun>(The Shell can not be torn without Pain), the characters with the subjective inner regions which is not encompassed into the objective world in the drama were appeared in his play. These figures are to be critical for the social reality reflected in the works by the awareness of the negative reality of the drama surrounding them. Their critical awareness of the dramatic reality raises the need for a sound social ethic that will enable the successful joining to that reality, and social reality also. In this way, the Cha Beomseok’s plays of this period is beyond the level of simple reproduction of reality. It is to carry out the functions of the social edification. This can be called theatrical response to the reality in the 1950s. Jajackgeukhoe’ production developed and pursued realistic reproduction aesthetics. They were seeking restraint of emotion in acting, the stage setting was trying to create an environment that meets the contemporary life. Sometimes The subjectivity of a person was reflected on the stage set, or the memory of a person was visually represented. But it was entirely without departing from the borders of the factual representation. However, the subjectivity of the characters that appear in the drama of Cha beomseok seems to conflict with such reproduction. Subjective validity of the characters in realistic reproduction had not been specifically staged, but are channeled into madness and rage. This was contrary to the acting route to pursue a disciplined behavior. It was easy to buy a reluctant of audience. And in between stage and audience, brought the inconsistency of intention and outcome. The achievement in realistic style of Cha beomseok and Jajackgeukhoe was not complete it. These activities, however, were the foundation of the contemporary realism theater in 1960’s as <Fire> shows well it.

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