Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6343 Section 001
M Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Essential Plays

Description of Course:

This course is appropriate for artists, scholars, teachers, and anyone who enjoys theater and film. We will read and watch video scenes from 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, presentations, readings and videos. We will examine the challenges of staging and performing the plays. No acting experience is required and performing is optional. The instructor is a playwright/director/actor whose works have received international recognition.

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.

Plays studied may include:
Euripides - Bakkhai
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Shakespeare - Hamlet, King Lear
Japanese Noh Plays - Kantan, Sotoba Komachi, Shunkan, Hagoromo, The Birdcatcher in Hell
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, Exit the King
Stoppard - Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Shepard - True West

Required Texts:

Texts may include (subject to change):

Euripides - Bakkhai � translated by Reginald Gibbons (Oxford Press)

Sophocles - The Three Theban Plays �
translated by Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics)

William Shakespeare - Hamlet; King Lear

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 or creative projects; final project or research paper.

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