Plays and Performances|
Fall 2016 not offered
This course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of plays that are representative of different theatrical genres, styles, and canons. We will read scripts, attend productions on and off campus, and engage in discussions about the artistic merits and sociocultural contexts of these works. The course is divided into two greater units: the meanings of avant-garde--the making of 20th-century theater, and representations of the margins: theater and identity. Some of the plays examined in this seminar are A Doll's House (Ibsen), The Jewish Wife (Brecht), Fefu and Her Friends (Fornes), They Alone Know (Tardieu), Spring Awakening (Wedekind), Endgame and Act Without Words (Beckett), Cloud Nine (Churchill), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Puig), The Laramie Project (Kaufman), Irma Vep (Ludlam), Fires in the Mirror (Anna Deavere Smith), and M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang).
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
Though the list of titles is revised every time the course is offered, some of the plays read in the past include: A Doll House (Ibsen), The Jewish Wife (Brecht), Fefu and her Friends (Fornes), They Alone Know (Tardieu), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Pirandello), Marat/Sade (Weill), Spring Awakening (Wedekind), Endgame and Act Without Words (Beckett), A Circular Play (Stein), The Trojan Women (Euripides), The Trojan Women 2.0 (Mee), Cloud Nine (Churchill), Waltz no. 6 (Rodrigues), The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Puig), The Laramie Project (Kaufman), Irma Vep (Ludlam), The Tempest (Shakespeare), A Tempest (Cesaire), Fires in the Mirror (Anna Deveare Smith), and M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang)
-Scholarly articles and reviews (in Course reader)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Performance reviews and critical responses; a production history presentation; staged readings; participation in discussions; final essay (5-7 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
A first-year seminar course, THEA150: Plays and Performances may be counted towards the completion of the Theatre Major as one of two required courses in dramatic literature, theory, and criticism.
The Theater Department organizes a variety of performances for students enrolled in its courses. Field trips to see performances off campus are integrated into course syllabi. Instructors will notify students of all dates at the beginning of the semester and costs for all course field trips are covered (specifically, transportation to and from the performance and tickets). Any potential scheduling conflicts for field trips should be discussed with faculty members. Once students indicate that they are going and tickets are purchased, it is assumed they will attend. (Students backing out of field trips they had said they would attend will be asked to cover the cost of their ticket.)Performances of visitors to Wesleyan┐s Center for the Arts are integrated into course syllabi and students are required to attend these performances unless otherwise negotiated with instructors. Tickets for performances are available to students at the Box Office in Usdan at the reduced price of $6.00.