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Thr 161 Intro to Theatre

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
THEATRE 161 SPRING 2014

“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue….Nor do not saw the
Air too much with your hand, thus, but used all gently.”
_Hamlet 3.ii

Professor: Eunice Gabor
Office: Arts and Communication W102
Office Hours: Tue-Thurs 10.15am-11.15am and by appointment
Contact info: gabore@uwosh.edu or 414.828.9130

Classroom: Sage
Times: Tu & Th 11.30am-1.00pm
Credits: 3

 

Required Textbook, materials and fees:

Required to read the syllabus and be familiar with course requirements and policies.

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama-7th Edition, By Lee A. Jacobus

Attendance at the two plays being produced on campus this Spring

Additional articles as assigned

 

About this course

This course introduces students to the major dramatic genres and performance styles of Western theatre as well as aspects of drama, including plot, characterization, setting, staging etc.  Beginning with Greek tragedy and ending with contemporary drama, we will explore the development of and trends in drama as it becomes the art form we recognize today.  We will work to view drama as both literature and performance through reading and analysis, performance and viewing.

 

Objective and learning outcomes

  • Discuss and analyze aspects of drama, including plot, characterization, setting staging etc.
  • Place plays in their social and historical contexts.
  • Analyze and compare the themes and subjects of different plays both in conversation and through writing.
  • Describe and analyze historical and contemporary trends in performance
  • Evaluate performances.
  • Develop an appreciation for drama and theatre as an art form.

 

Tips For success

  • When reading plays do so with pencil in hand and questions in your mind.  Talk back to the text, question assumptions and techniques. Try to understand why the text is as it is or how it could be different.  Learn to trust in your own interpretations rather than immediately turning to “Authorities”.
  • You cannot fully appreciate or even understand this literature if I’m the only one who talks about it in class; conversely you have much to learn from each other.  Thus, even though I’ll provide some background information and will lead discussions, our class sessions should involve a common effort to comprehend and appreciate more fully what we’ve read and seen in and outside of class.
  • Watching the performance of plays or movies for this course is an active and demanding process.  You will need to watch not just for entertainment but more importantly understanding.  You must learn to use your critical eyes in viewing and strive to view all aspects of the play or movie not just the spoken word.

EXPECTATIONS

Questions and Concerns

Please ask if you have questions or concerns about any of the material. I am always available via email and will endeavor to respond to your questions as quickly as possible.  As noted at the front of this syllabus I do have office hours Tuesday and Thursday after this class. I will also end this class a few minutes early to answer your questions.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me but also remember that I am not responsible for your success, YOU ARE!

Electronic use in class

ONLY laptops, tablets or pads may be used in class for note taking purposes.  ALL OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST BE TURNED OFF INCLUDING CELL PHONES, IPODS, ETC…  If any of these devices are used or ring during our time together, the class will be given a quiz that will be factored into the grade accordingly.  Should I find that your laptops are being used for things, other than note taking i.e. emailing, surfing the web, you will no longer be allowed use of them in my class.

Behavior

Treat others in the class, the professor and yourself with respect.  Harassment or bullying of any form will not be tolerated.  Use good judgment and appropriate behavior in class. Please no eating during class.  If a student is found be a distraction during the class a warning will be given or possible ejection from the class.   All students are placed on their honor to complete their own course work. Acts of plagiarism, cheating and deception are unacceptable and will result in an F for the assignment or possibly the course.

Attendance

Attendance is a must due to the collaborative nature of theatre.  Please be on time, seated and ready to start by 11:30am.  This class will include presentations, guest lecturers, group discussion and video viewings that won’t be on D2L.

Performance attendance

You are required to attend the two main stage productions being produced by the Department of Theater during the semester.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  PUT THESE DATES IN YOUR CALENDAR NOW! Tickets per show are $4 with your UW-Osh ID.  The day before each show opens our class will meet at the Fredric March Theatre to purchase your tickets at the box office. You may also reserve your tickets on line but there is an additional cost involved in doing this.

Shows being produced this semester are:

Bus Stop: February 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, at 7.30pm and Feb 16th at 2pm

Antigone: April 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, at 7.30pm and April 27th at 2pm

NOTE: March 13th -15th Student one acts recommended

It is the policy of this school and of this professor not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, martial or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition or any other protected status in the admission of students to this school.

If you are a student with a documented disability that requires special accommodation, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  It is my intention to make every student feel as comfortable and as vital to this class as possible.

If you are a student athlete and your participation in a sport will require you missing this class, a letter from an athletic advisor documenting your required absences for your sport will be necessary to maintain a good grade for this class.

Tests, Quizzes and other assignments

There will be four exams during the semester, (for dates see class schedule)   there will also be four quizzes and one 2 page paper.  For the paper you will have a choice of either writing a production critique on one of the 2 plays that you will see on campus or write a compare and contrast on any of the plays you will read, see or watch for this course.  (see schedule for due dates).  Other assignments will be given throughout this course .

Grading:

Exams 1 and 3 are each worth 75 points.

Exams 2 and 4 are worth 125 points each.

Quizzes each worth 25 points (4 total during the semester)

Paper 100 possible points

There are 600 points available for this class.

THERE ARE NO MAKE UP DATES FOR THE EXAMS OR QUIZZES UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EXCUSE FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS.  THE “ONE”MAKE UP TEST WILL BE A COMPREHENSIVE, ESSAY EXAMINATION COVERING THE COMPLETE FALL COURSE.  I WILL ADMINISTER THE TEST THE LAST DAY OF CLASS.

Letter Grade

Percentage

Points

A

100-93

600-558

A-

92.9-90

557-540

B+

89.9-87

539-522

B

86.9-83

521-498

B-

82.9-80

497-480

C+

79.9-77

479-462

C

76.9-73

461-438

C-

72.9-70

437-420

D+

69.9-67

419-402

D

66.9-63

401-378

D-

62.9-60

377-360

F

Less than 60

Less than 360

 

THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA CREDIT POINTS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CLASS

As professor of this course, I reserve the right to modify the syllabus should the need arise.  The class will be notified if this becomes necessary.

 

by Alderson, James M last modified Feb 03, 2014 03:23 PM