This course will provide students with acting and playwriting skills that will enable them to research, write and perform a solo performance piece based on a subject of their choice. The work of Anna Deveare Smith, Roger Guenvere Smith, Dario Fo and Franca Rame among others, will be studied as models for the creation of solo performance pieces that combine artistic virtuosity with a concern for social justice.
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|Course Format: Performance||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Anna Deveare Smith, NOTES FROM THE FIELD
Dario Fo, MISTERO BUFFO
Doug Wright, I AM MY OWN WIFE
|Examination and Assignments: |
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.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
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.
|Instructor(s): Jenkins,Ronald S. Times: ..T.... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 2||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 5||FR: 0|