Rescripting America for the Stage
Spring 2019 not offered
This is a writing course for students interested in the study and practice of adapting texts for performance from a variety of source materials related to all forms of American culture from the revolution to hip hop. Initially our primary source material for adaptation will be Herman Melville's "Confidence Man." We will examine a range of performance texts adapted from nontheatrical sources, including Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" and Dario Fo's subversive rewrite of Columbus' voyages, "Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas." Ancient Greek drama will also be studied for its dramatic structure and for its significance as a source for American adaptations such as Lee Breuer's "Gospel at Colonus." This course counts as a workshop and techniques course for the Writing Certificate.
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|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CWRC)(THEA)
Melville, Herman, THE CONFIDENCE IN MAN Newton, Huey P., REVOLUTIONARY SUICIDE
Bruce, Lenny HOW TO TALK DIRTY AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
Fo, Dario, JOHAN PADAN AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE AMERICAS
Breuer, Lee GOSPEL AT COLONUS
|Examinations and Assignments:
Students will begin by writing their own short adaptations of scenes from Melville and American autobiographies of Lenny Bruce, Huey P. Newton, and others individuals chosen by students. Weekly writing assignments in the second half of the semester will focus on source material of each student's choice, culminating in a final script on that subject.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
For the Writing Certificate, this course counts as an introductory course and as a workshop.
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