* Fall 2007 * Theatre UAF
Studies of drama and forms of plays such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce, tragic comedy. Emphasis on reading plays of classical theatre designed to give basic knowledge of masterpieces of world drama.
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Course Objective: To gain knowledge of the basic elements and tools a playwright uses to create a work of art and to develop awareness and appreciation of the history and ideas in the history of drama.
All students are required to attend scheduled theatre events outside of class.
GRADES: 90.5 and above = A, 80-90.4 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 59 and below = F.
3 subject papers (2pp. each) 8 points each -- 40 points
Quizzes, participation, attendance -- 30 points
Midterm paper -- 10 points (5 pp.)
Final exam -- 20 points (10 pp.)
Total = 100 points
Textbook: The Compact Bedford Introduction to DRAMA (Fifth Edition, Lee A. Jacobus)
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Part I. Architecture of Drama Introduction. Spectator Theory. Aristotle: 6 principles. Composition (Analysis) & Exposition. Hamlet (see textbook), also read Commentaries on Shakespeare p. 273-288.
 Structure & Texture. Read Oedipus Rex for next week: The Greeks -- Tragedy, Plot, Character, Idea -- Hamlet discussion.
 Dramatic text. "Performance Text(s)": Actor and Dramatic Poet. Text & Subtext. Sophocles; commentaries. Aristotle and Idea of Tragedy.
 Actor's, Director's Texts and other stage languages (Light, Set, Costumes). Spectacle Texts and Dramatic Texts. Oedipus
 Exposition. Setting, Circumstances and Situations. Hamlet and Oedipus (use online texts).
 Character: 5 Ws. Inner Conflict, Contrast, Counter-Point, Dialectics. Galileo, Brecht
 "Action": story & plot. "Objective, Obstacles, Super-Objective and Through-line". Epic Theatre -- rejection of realism/naturalism. (See Non-Realiasm Page)
 Monologue and scene relations. Line-by-line analysis. Chekhov
 Theme Analysis: "Images and Symbols" -- basics of the structural analysis. Characters and themes. Modernism as style. Realism as major method for the century of cinema (see Realism and Symbolism.
 Structure of Conflict (Climax). Strindberg, Symbolism and Psychology.
 First test on Dramatic Theory (in class). Selection of the title and the topic for your midterm paper. Read Ibsen. Outline of the first paper (selected topic and title submission).
 Oral (paper) presentations and discussions. Strindberg, Chekhov 2 & 3, Ibsen.
Part II. Evolution of Drama
 Periods and Styles. Brief History overview.
 Golden Age: Shakespeare Review. Midterm Paper due
 Genre Issue. Tragedy, Comedy, Drama. 12th Night. Sub-genres.
 Texture & Spectacle -- 20th century: Revolution in Theatre. Meyerhold
 High Modernity. New Thoughts and Forms. Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author
Part III. STYLES Prepare for discussion of UAF Show
 Non-Western. Kabuki. [No-Grade-Test]
 Theatre, Myth & Ritual. Evolution of audience. Church & Stage.
 Symbolism. Strindberg and We. "The Glass Menagerie": Williams & Symbolism
 Realism. Chekhov and American Drama. Read O'Neill ("Desire Under the Elms") What is Drama?
 Naturalism. Ibsen and O'Neill.
 Dada, Futurism, Surrealism
 Brecht & Epic Theatre Theory Review. Test 2
 Absurdism Beckett) and the Postmodern Review -- Some Beckett ("Catastrophe" in class)
 "3 Gents" Discussion in class (bring your notes)
 Re-working the final paper drafts. 5 min. oral presentations. (See Samples and my comments). American Tragedy, Part II. Miller: Death of A Salesman
Final Exams Week: Final Paper due. samples [ One-act play option ].
Scripts of the UAF Season are on reserve (ask for THR 100). Paper Writing Guidelines are at Home Work (Acting 221 Webpage) How to use Anatoly's Website -- Use of computers, email, internet, web in class -- OnLine and eCLASS.
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