Gambaro Essay

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Gambaro achieves the alienation of the audience through their ability to grasp agency in the setting of the theatre. In scene thirteen, four men enter a adjacent room and close the door. An actor pretending to be part of audience opens door. Soon after doing so, he is hit over the head, falling down unconscious. The guide leaning over him says, “Why did he butt in? I’m the guide here! … If he was part of the audience, why did he make like an actor?” (111). The audience doesn’t know that the person who stepped out is an actor, but the guide knows because the guide is also part of the production. The guide’s hidden message provokes the audience to think about why would someone who is just like them, a middle-class American who was expecting to get something out of the…show more content…
In Brecht’s essay “The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre,” he explains how “once out of the cloakroom [the audience] take their seats with the bearing of kings” (39). The audience expects to have the production cater to them, and as a paying audience they expect nothing less. Consequently, the production puts the audience out of their comfort zone, because the performance on longer caters to their aesthetic needs. The audience feels even more out of sorts because the experience is not artistically executed to appeal to them. The guide plays off of the fear of the middle-class audience, specifically their fear of standing out. He essentially says, see what happens when you don’t follow the leaders and those who have agency. The guide presents the idea of them being alienated from the rest of the spectators if they were to interject in the violence that was happening in each of the rooms. He raises the question of who is in control and how much authority the audience actually has over the production and the people in the

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