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, 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?). 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 at Vermont Stage Company.
|MW||10:25 - 11:40||ROYALL TYLER THR 210|
Instructor(s): Kathleen Maguire Gough
Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017