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Thr 161: Appreciation of the Drama, 3 cr.






Instructor: Roy Hoglund

AC W103


Office: Tuesday / Thursday 9:00 – 11:00


Room: Clow 102

Time: 11:30 – 1:00


Text: Theatre – Brief Version by Robert Cohen

Ninth Edition, 2011 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


Oedipus Rex – by Sophocles

Dover Thrift Edition


Hamlet – by William Shakespeare

Foleger Shakespeare Library

Edited by Barbara A. Mowat & Paul Werstine


Course Description:


A survey of drama as an integral element in human society in its cultural aspects, intended to stimulate and develop an appreciation for drama as literature and theatre. This course meets the Humanities requirement for General Education.


Overall Course Learning Objectives:

  • Using textbook materials, student will articulate the nature of theatre, the language of theatre, and the genre of plays.
  • Using textbook materials, student will evaluate the roles of the principals in the production of plays: playwright, actor, director, and designers and technicians.
  • Drawing upon their experience from attending productions, students will critique the performance of the principals.
  • Drawing upon their experience from the Theatre Experiences, students will evaluate the performances of the principals.
  • Using the textbook materials and their theatre experiences, students will articulate theatre’s expression of the human condition and theatre’s significance in history, in society, and in art.


All students should be knowledgeable in the use of D2L. Announcements will be posted in “NEWS” on the course homepage and other matters in “DISCUSSIONS” and “CONTENT”. If you have questions concerning the course, post them in “ASK THE INSTRUCTOR” in “DISCUSSIONS”. If you find something of interest relating to the course, post it on “BILLBOARD” in the “DISCUSSIONS” section.


All students are placed on their honor to complete their own course work. Acts of plagiarism, cheating, and deception are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.


All students will strictly adhere to the time limits placed on course assignments. Make-up tests or make-up work will not be accepted.


All students shall use Standard American English in all of their writings; Slang, colloquialisms, and ellipses often fail to communicate. In all discussions, student shall be polite and courteous towards each other. Each student shall be respectful of another student’s opinion and shall respond only to the student’s stated contentions.



Three tests are given across the semester. The lowest test score will be dropped from the total. Exams will be given in the Testing Center on the day indicated on the schedule. The exams will be multiple choice in structure and cover the material in readings and discussions covered in class up to that point. Remember there are only 40 seats available in the testing center at any given time. For this reason you may have to wait with your name on a list till a seat opens up. You have the day in which to take the exam, but should not wait until the last minute to do so. You will have an hour and a half to take the exam, but assuming you are familiar with the material you should complete it in far less time. This area is worth a total of 300 points. After dropping the lowest grade, each remain test is worth 150 points each.


The make up exam is offered for those who miss two of the exams offered and have an official excuse. The make up exam is offered on the second to the last day of classes and is a comprehensive (anything discussed or seen during the semester) essay question.



This portion of the class enables students to meet with faculty in smaller groups to experience Theatre in a hands-on format. During the first week of school you will be asked to commit to one of the four areas listed. There were will be forty slots for each area to choose from. Students will choose one area to focus on, or whatever slots are left. The sign up area will be closed by the end of the second week of class. Students will then meet with the faculty member assigned to that focus area on the Tuesday and Thursday indicated on the course schedule during class time. Your attendance and work toward meeting the goal of that focus area are required. This area is worth 50 points toward your final grade.




Playwriting – Richard Kalinoski

Acting Improvisation – Jane Purse-Weidenhoeft

Acting Stage Combat – Merlaine Angwall

Legal/Business – John Zarbano

Design – Roy Hoglund



Each student is expected to submit a written response to one of the two Fredric March Theatre plays (Boys Next Door, or The Importance of Being Earnest) they have seen during the semester. The responses should be placed in the Drop Box on D2L. When writing the response to the play the student is expected to address three questions: What did the playwright do to support the story of the play, what did the actors do to support the story of the play, what did the production team/designers do to support the story of the play. In each instance the student is expected to be specific regarding each category. There are no extra points for extra words. In short, get to the point and be as specific as possible. Students should only submit a response to one play. Pick the play you believe you can make the best response on, and submit before the end of the week following the closing of that play. The value of this project is 20 points. More clarification to this project will be posted before the first production.



You are required to see each of the three plays produced this semester. The cost of each play is $4 per student. Attendance for each performance is the responsibility of the student. Attendance will either be through a Titan Card scanner or a sign up sheet available following the performance in the lobby area of the Theatre. Again, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure they have indicated they are there through one of the attendance recorders listed. Questions regarding each of the three plays produced this semester will be on the exams. Attendance for each play is worth 10 points each, or a total of 30 points towards the final grade.



The Boys Next Door - Feb. 16 – 19, 7:30 p.m. & Feb. 20, 2:00 p.m. (Fredric March Theatre)

Evening of Pinter Plays - Mar. 3 – 5, 7:30 p.m. (Experimental Theatre)


The Importance of Being Earnest - April 27-30, 7:30 p.m. & May 1, 2:00 p.m. (Fredric March Theatre)



During the first week of the semester the students will be asked to break up into groups of 6 to 8. These discussion groups will periodically be given discussion questions following a lecture. Each group will be required to write down their groups response to the question, sign the back (legibly) and hand in before leaving class. Although the response to these discussion questions does not gain students points, students not signing/participating in the discussion may have their lack of participation count against their final grade.



Exams, 1, 2, 3. (Drop the lowest grade) 300 points

Theatre Experience 50 points

Responses to Plays 20 points

Attendance at Plays 30 points (10 points ea)

Total 400 points


Course Schedule:


Feb. 1 Introduction to course (read chapter 1, What is Theatre)


Feb. 3 Tour of the Theatre Facility (Meet in the Fredric March Theatre)


Feb. 8 Discuss Chapter 1 (read chapter 2, What is a Play)


Feb. 10 Discuss Chapter 2 (read chapter 3, The Playwright)


Feb. 15 Discuss Chapter 3


Feb. 17 See Production of The Boys Next Door

(Post on discussion what drew you in & what drew you out regarding the play)


Feb. 22 Theatre Experience Day (Meet with Faculty in smaller groups)


Feb. 24 Theatre Experience Day (read chapter 4, The Actor)


Mar. 1 Discuss Chapter 4 (read chapter 6, Designers and Technicians)


Mar. 3 Costumes for the Stage (Guest Lecture Kathleen Donnelly & See Pinter Plays)


Mar. 8 Show Day for Evening of Pinter Plays (no class)

(Post on discussion what drew you in & what drew you out regarding the play)



Mar. 10 See Power Point in D2L regarding Scenic Design for the Stage (no class)


Mar. 15 First Exam (go to testing center between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

(Read chapter 5, The Director)


Mar. 17 Discuss Chapter 5 (read chapter 7 Theatre Traditions)


Mar. 29 Discuss Chapter 7 & how to read a play (read the play Oedipus Rex)


Mar. 31 Continue Discussions Chapter 7 & Oedipus Rex


April 5 Complete Discussions On Oedipus Rex


April 7 See Julie Taymor’s Designs for Oedipus Rex


April 12 Second Exam (go to testing center between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)

(Read the Shakespeare play Hamlet)


April 14 Discuss Renaissance Theatre & Hamlet


April 19 Complete Discussions on Hamlet (read chapter 8, The Modern Theatre)


April 21 Discuss Chapter 8 (read chapter 10, Theatre Today)


April 26 Discuss Chapter 10


April 28 Show Day (see the play The Importance of Being Ernest)

(Post on discussion what drew you in & what drew you out regarding the play) (Read chapter 9, The Musical Theatre)


May 3 Discuss Chapter 9


May 5 Final Test (go to testing center between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)


May 10 Make up exam (The Make Up Exam will be a comprehensive essay exam)

(All “Written Responses to Plays” Due by 1:00 p.m.)


May 12 Final Day of class (tying up loose ends)


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