Fall 2010 -
Undergraduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
|Masterpieces in Performance
Description of Course:
We will read and watch videos of some of the world’s most beloved theater masterpieces. The class will explore methods of analyzing and interpreting plays for theatrical production and for deeper understanding and enjoyment as readers and spectators.
Classes will include lectures, discussions, readings and videos. Simple exercises will examine the challenges of staging and acting plays.
This class is appropriate for artists, writers, literature students, or for anyone who enjoys theater and film. No acting experience is required and performing is optional.
Creative projects and/or papers will be periodically presented in class. Final projects may be either creative projects (i.e. acting, creative writing, music, dance, video, visual art) or research papers.
Plays studied may include:
Euripides - Bakkhai
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Shakespeare - Hamlet
Chekhov - Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard
Yeats - Purgatory, The Cat and the Moon, At the Hawk's Well, The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Death of Cuchulain
Japanese Noh Plays - Kantan, Sotoba Komachi, Shunkan, Hagoromo
Brecht - The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage and Her Children
Beckett - Waiting for Godot
Ionesco - Rhinoceros
Stoppard - Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Shepard - True West
Texts may include:
Euripides - Bakkhai – translated by Reginald Gibbons (Oxford Press)
Sophocles - The Three Theban Plays –
translated by Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics)
William Shakespeare - Hamlet
Anton Chekhov - Chekhov: Four Plays - translated by Carol Rocamora
Arthur Waley - The Noh Plays of Japan
Bertolt Brecht - The Threepenny Opera – translation by John Willett
Mother Courage and Her Children – trans. by John Willett
Sam Shepard - Sam Shepard: Seven Plays (True West)
Harold Clurman (Editor) - Nine Plays of the Modern Theater (Grove Press)
(Including: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett; Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Note: These three plays can also be purchased separately)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Readings; class participation; short papers and/or creative projects; final project or paper; attendance.