Trivia Crack Answer: Greece
Theatre was born in Greece. Traditional Greek theatre consisted of three genres: comedy, tragedy, and satyr plays. In Greece, plays were held at outdoor theatres as part of festivals, usually for the harvest or the arrival of spring. Comedies were often based around stereotypes and sexual humor, while tragedies were meant to evoke catharsis in the audience through the evocation of emotion. Satyr plays came between performances of comedies and tragedies, and were usually light, bawdy performances similar to the modern burlesque. There were also theatre competitions in Greece, in which playwrights competed to win laurels from judges. Some of the most prominent tragic playwrights include Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus, while famous comedians include Aristophanes and Menander. The format of Greek theatre was very constrictive and formulaic, especially tragedies. In two of the most famous tragedies of Greek theatre, Oedipus Rex and Antigone, the entire story is supposed to transpire in the space of one day and one location, with only a certain number of actors, who were required to be male and wear masks. In most cases, Greek tragedies were based off of historical events or previously established stories. The study of theatre in ancient Greece grew during the Renaissance, when the texts of many Greek plays were rediscovered. Despite significant finds, the vast majority of ancient Greek theatre remains lost.