Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Description
Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
DRAM 3342 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Performing Shakespeare

Description of Course:

This course is recommended for anyone who wants a deeper understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare, literature, theater and film
No acting experience is required and performing is optional.

We will read plays and view and compare film versions of scenes from the plays
We will do simple exercises to understand the challenges of staging and acting Shakespeare.

Students may choose to either write short papers or to create artistic projects (in any medium) to be presented in class.
Final projects may be either scholarly papers or creative projects (i.e. an original text, a performance, video, music, dance, or a work of visual art adapted from Shakespeare).

Classes will include lectures, discussions, videos, and presentations.

The course is taught by a theater artist whose Shakespeare adaptations have received international acclaim.
In September/October he will perform the role of Lear in the Shakespeare Dallas production of King Lear
The class will get a behind-the-scenes appreciation of how the role and the entire play is developed and then will attend the performance.

Required Texts:

(List is subject to change)
Shakespeare's King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Tempest.

Shakespeare's Advice to the Players by Peter Hall
Shakespeare After All by Marjorie Garber
Additional essays and articles

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Class participation, presentations, readings, short papers or creative projects, final project, attendance.

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