Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6303 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Essential Plays

Description of Course:

This course is appropriate for artists, scholars, and teachers. We will read and watch videos of some of the world's most beloved masterpieces of dramatic literature. The class will explore methods of analyzing and interpreting plays for theatrical production, as literature, and for deeper understanding and enjoyment as readers, scholars and spectators.

Classes will include lectures, discussions, readings and videos. We will examine the challenges of staging and performing the plays. No acting experience is required and performing is optional.

Responses to the plays will be presented in class. Students may choose to write scholarly papers or to present creative projects. Creative projects may be in any art form (i.e. creative writing, theater, music, dance, video, visual art). Final projects may be either scholarly papers or creative projects.

Required Texts:

Plays studied may include:
Euripides - Bakkhai
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Shakespeare - Hamlet, The Tempest
Japanese Noh Plays - Kantan, Sotoba Komachi, Shunkan, Hagoromo
Chekhov - The Seagull, Uncle Vanya
Yeats - At the Hawk's Well, The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Death of Cuchulain, The Cat and the Moon, Purgatory
Brecht - The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage and Her Children
Beckett - Waiting for Godot, Endgame
Ionesco - Rhinoceros
Stoppard - Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Shepard - True West

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Readings; class participation; short papers or creative projects; final project or research paper.

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