Sunday, September 20, 2015
Why was adding more actors such a big deal after Thespis incorporated the first actor in drama?
Unless I'm misinterpreting something, it seems as if every actor added to the Greek drama stage was a major breakthrough, after Thespis distinguished the first actor from the Chorus. Why was it such a big deal? Why couldn't a playwright just incorporate, say, five actors on the stage at the same time? That would have allowed for a lot more variety and complex dialogues. Instead, they seem to have just waited until someone finally decided to add one more actor to a play, as if it was some kind of social taboo.