Spring 2016 - 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 introduction to drama will include class attendance at two productions by important local theater companies, courtesy of the Thompson fund of the Honors College. We will see "Long Day's Journey Into Night," by Nobel Prize laureate Eugene O'Neill and a stage adaptation of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies."

The course will offer an overview of the theater of more than two millennia and a focused study of several key texts. The emphasis will be on the kinds of choices that directors, set and costume designers, and actors make in moving a text from page to stage (or film).

Required Texts:

Aristotle, "Poetics," translated by Joe Sachs (e-book available). You must use this translation.
William Golding, "Lord of the Flies," (New York: Perigree/Penguin, 2006).
Eugene O'Neill, "long Day's Journey Into Night," critical edition edited by William Davies King (New Haven: Yale UP, 2014).
Jim Paterson and Tim Donahue, editors, "The Enjoyment of Theatre," ninth edition (Boston: Pearson, 2014).
Peter Shaffer, "Equus" (New York: Scribner, 2005).
Shakespeare, "Othello." An e-book is available, but whatever edition you use it must be of Shakespeare's original text and it must have line numbering for each act and scene. I use the Avon edition for the notes.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students will form themselves into small groups and prepare short scenes from O'Neill's play. They will show these as videos to the class for discussion. The draft video and the final video will each count 25% towards the student's final grade. There will also be a weekly short-answer quiz worth up to ten points each. The top ten scores will be added together and curved to provide 50% of the student's grade.

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