Course Description: Examination of structural characteristics of the basic forms and styles of drama and the manner in which they affect theatrical representation. Fall. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and Instructor permission.
Section Description: In this course we will explore and analyze both play texts and performances. Each case study will be engaged as if it contained a world-in-miniature. We will read a variety of plays of different genres and historical periods, delving deep into each text to explore it from multiple angles. The course is designed so that each week we can focus on particular production elements in order to attend to a play’s primary mode of communication (i.e. does it communicate through plot or character, or is sound, space, movement, design its primary mode?). Throughout the semester we will be particularly interested in exploring genre (from the classical play to postdramatic theatre) so that we can begin to understand that a play/performance is never a transparent window into social reality, but operates by its own logic, rules, and has its own “eco-system” that is sometimes similar to our own world, and other times radically removed. As we read plays and view performances we will not be asking, “what is it about?” as much as we will ask, “what is it doing?” The intention is to allow students to think of a play as something that must be engaged critically, spatially, and aurally, as well as embodied imaginatively. We will also make use of the main stage season at the Royall Tyler and Vermont Stage Company.
|MW||10:40 - 11:55||ROYALL TYLER THR 300|
Instructor(s): Kathleen Maguire Gough
Meeting Dates: 25 Aug 2014 - 03 Dec 2014