This advanced acting course introduces students to the research, writing, and performance techniques of world-class solo performers like Anna Deavere Smith, the African American MacArthur Fellow, whose works cut across the boundaries of history, sociology, and theater; and Dario Fo, the actor, playwright, and Nobel laureate who complements his verbal virtuosity with cinematic techniques of gestural montage. After learning to dramaturgically analyze and perform the techniques of master solo performance artists, each student will create his/her own solo performance piece based on research into primary historical sources (diaries, letters, memoris, autobiographies, etc.). It is suggested that students come to the first class with a subject for a final project that they would be interested in researching and performing. Subjects can be contemporary artists, writers, politicians, or public figures as well as individuals from periods of history that are of particular interest to the student. This course is restricted to seniors, and possibly some juniors, who have already taken at least one acting course.
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|Course Format: Performance||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
TWILIGHT by Anna Deveare Smith
MISTERO BUFFO by Dario Fo
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Each student will be responsible for memorizing and performing a short solo piece at each class meeting. Final performance projects embodying a contemporary or historical character will be accompanied by an extensive paper analyzing the critical choices made in the selection, editing, and acting of the text.
|Instructor(s): Jenkins,Ronald S. Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: TST101; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 2||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 12||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 4||FR: 0|
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