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Thr 162 Honors Apprec. of the Drama

FALL 2010
Theatre 162-001
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 9:10am - 10:10am
Room:  AC/W 18

Kathleen Donnelly
e-mail :
Office: ACW 220 / 424-7127
Office Hours: T 8:00-10:00am, W 10:20 - 11:20am, or by appointment

Roy Hoglund
Office: ACW 103 / 424-7043
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs: 10:00 - 11:30am, or by appointment

TEXT: The Norton Anthology of Drama, shorter edition. ISBN# 978-0-393-93412-0
David Henry Hwang: M. Butterfly
Oscar Wilde:  The Importance of Being Ernest
Euripides: The Bacchae
William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

GOALS: Based on goals established by the Theatre program , the goals of this course, for the student, are: 1. To have a broad knowledge of the processes of theatrical production; 2. To develop a comprehensive understanding of the history of the theatre; 3. To make effective use of the research tools available to the theatre artist, critic and historian; 4. To develop a commitment to the pursuit of artistic excellence and integrity.

Theatre is a collaborative creative process requiring a broad knowledge of the human condition to be successful. The importance of theatre in society is well documented, and understanding the role it plays in society contributes to the development of a well-rounded citizen. Theatre, as with all areas of the Liberal Arts, is most effectively employed when it is built on a broad base of knowledge.

The goals listed above will be achieved through the following objectives of this course. The objectives are: to provide a basic knowledge of theatre from both Western and Non-Western drama; and to provide basic knowledge of the roles of the artists and technicians who are involved in the process of creating theatre. The information will be presented through lectures and demonstrations.  The student’s knowledge will be tested through exams, papers and projects.

There will be a Midterm and Final Exam covering the material covered in class lectures and readings.

Paper 1: M. Butterfly and Asian American Theatre Due: 10/1/10
The student will read the play: M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, and attend the performance of South Pacific at the PAC in Appleton. (Tickets: We will be arranging group student rate tickets – Dates of performances are the second week of school). Both of these plays are set in a time period around WWII, and both deal with racial stereotyping, and bigotry. The student will write an 8-10 page paper discussing the theme and significance of the play M. Butterfly in Asian American culture, and how it contrasts with the musical South Pacific in style, and the presentation of the story. A bibliography of sources relating to the topic and plays is required. Paper will be graded on completeness and depth of analysis.

Paper/ Project 2: Importance of Being Ernest and the role of the Actor Due: 10/27/10
The students will read the play The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde. The students will be divided into groups and perform a scene from the play with other students in the class. The student will write a 1-2 page paper analyzing the character they will be portraying in the scene. Paper/ Project will be graded on completeness of character analysis and creativity in performance.

Paper 3: Censored on Final Approach/ My Soldier and the role of the Playwright Due: 12/1/10
The student will be required to see the plays: Censored on Final Approach and My Soldiers presented by the Theatre Department this Fall. In both cases there will be an opportunity to hear the playwright speak about the play and their process. The student will write a 4-6 page paper on these plays, which will include a brief synopsis of the plays, as well as a comparison of how the two playwrights approached their respective plays and the topic of war. A bibliography of sources used in researching the topic is required. Paper will be graded on completeness and depth of analysis.

Paper /Project 4: Twelfth Night and the role of the Designer in Theatre Due: 12/10/10
The student will read the play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The student will create design collages of research for the play and write a 1-2 page concept statement that relates to their design collage. The set design collage will contain research for architectural elements, location, furniture and decor. The costume collages will be created for four characters in the play and include: clothing, accessories, and hairstyles, and may include masks. Paper/ Project will be graded on completeness and creativity.

Project 5: Class Projects and Theatre Participation
The student will be required to participate in class exercises related to the topics covered in class.

Unexcused absences in excess of two will affect the overall grade in the class. Excused absences require documentation in accordance with the Dean of Student’s policy on attendance.

(15%) Paper 1
(15%) Paper/Project 2
(15%) Paper/Project 3
(15%) Paper 4
(10%) Project 5
(15%) Midterm Exam  
(15%) Final Exam

by Alderson, James M last modified Apr 17, 2011 12:02 AM