Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
DRAM 3342 Section 501
T 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.

Note: The Arts and Humanities advisors will waive the prerequisite for this course if you ask them to help you to register.

Required Texts:

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

Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players by Peter Hall
Additional essays and articles

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation in discussions, exercises, class presentations, readings, short papers or creative projects, final project, attendance.

Course prerequisite will be waived by the Arts and Humanities advisors.

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