The Hidden Lessons of Theatre
Theatre is the Science of Humanity
The next time you see a play, think about how each character morally rationalizes their actions that lead to the finale. What took place in their minds to make them think the actions they chose were their only option? In theatre the script serves as the constant. The action units and the conclusion never change. The characters, time period, and setting are the variables. The characters represented can be through modern day public figure icons or once-upon-a-time fairyland characters depending on the vision of the director and designers.
Mathematically written out, theatre looks like this:
[Time Period (character A + character B + character C + character D+ character E + character F)]/Script = Why?
The theatre student learns how to look at action units of events and find patterns of human behavior. They are taught, even though their teacher may not realize it, that it doesn’t matter how something is morally rationalized in one’s mind, if the actions follow the same pattern, then that pattern will result in the same ending. They are also taught how each individual part influences the whole.
[Time Period (character A)]/Script = Why?
It is for this reason that theatre is the systematic analysis of human behavior across timelines and geographical plains. Theatre is the science of humanity.
[Time Period (character A + character B + character C + character D)]/Script = Why?
Applying this Theory in Real World Form:
Every time you see a production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” you are seeing a moral thesis of that theatre’s production company on why they felt the characters were justified in the actions that they took. The action points of the play do not change. In the end, Romeo and Juliet die every time. It’s not the person, place, timeline, or moral reasoning of their actions that determine the results. It is only the actions.
Hypothesis for Humanity Events:
If a pattern of action can be identified by comparing the sequence of actions of timeline of our world’s past, and we do nothing to disrupt those sequence of actions or change the action itself, then we can predict the results will be similar if not the same.