Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Redman, Tim
Discipline and Number
DRAM 1310 Section HN1
F Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Understanding Theater

Description of Course:

This honors course will introduce students to the world of theater. It combines selected readings, a hands-on video production of a selected scene from Chekhov's "The Seagull" done by groups, and attendance at two plays in Dallas, "Medea" and "The Testament of Mary," thanks to the generosity of the Thomsen fund.

We will therefore be considering two important representations of women, one a Greek tragedy, the other a contemporary play. We will also see several videos.

Grades will be based on fourteen weekly quizzes, some in-class and some take-home. The top ten quiz scores will be combined and the total put on a curve. No make-up quizzes are allowed for any reason. The combined quiz grade will count 50% of the total final grade. Your group video will be shown to the class as first cut, for comment, and then as a final cut. It will count 50% of the final grade.

Required Texts:

Euripides, "Medea." Any version. That of David Grene is good. E-text is OK.
Chekhov, "The Seagull." The paperback copy of the translation by Michael Frayn (NYC: Methuen, 1986) is required and must be brought to class.
Shaffer, "Equus." E-text is OK.
Shakespeare, "Othello." Your version must have lines numbered and it must be the original Shakespeare, not the dumbed-down version. E-text is OK.
Some introduction to theater text, as yet to be chosen.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance is required. Frequent tardiness may be penalized. Thoughtful contribution to class discussion may result in my raising your grade.

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