DRAMATURGY AND RESEARCH: "We use a great many aids
which other actors and theatre people do not use since they don't
see the necessity to use them, such as readings, literary studies,
scientific works, political analysis, films, paintings, etc.--actually
things which are quite normal, but the difference is that we conduct
this research in a relatively extensive and rigorous fashion.
Then, during rehearsals, we start to push ourselves and to express
things which we have grasped, understood, or sensed, by using
our bodies and making some movements." Zipes 53.
2003-2004 * Modern Drama (textbook): This comprehensive and balanced anthology offers a collection of 25 works of modern and contemporary drama from the 1870s through the early 1990s. Features twenty-five plays that often demonstrate a significant breakthrough in maturity of expression and style for each playwright — important leaders in the development of modern and contemporary drama.
....theory does not express, translate, or serve to apply practice: it is practice. -- Foucault
Practice = un/discovered theory. -- Anatoly
DRAMATURGY AND THE LIBERAL ARTS: "A liberal arts theatre
education should teach text analysis, research, writing, language,
and organizational skills; appreciation of cultural (not just theatrical)
history and current events; artistry; critical acumen; responsibility
and interpersonal skills. I believe any liberal arts education,
particularly theatre, is capable of increasing the student's self-esteem
and therefore the student's ability to function optimally in a complex
and interdependent world.
Production dramaturgy includes . . . text analysis, research
and writing. It demands organizational skills. It fosters ability to
work collaboratively and sensitively with others. But it must also
be considered an art, because it involves, as well, exercise of the
creative imagination and aesthetic judgment. It is a microcosm of
the entire liberal arts experience." Lila Wolff-Wilkinson. "Comments on Process: Production Dramaturgy as the Core of the Liberal Arts Theatre Program." Theatre Topics 3.1 (1993): 1.
Look, this is a new segment for both classes: your have to write your own monologue (215) or your scene (413) -- even if you never did it before. Time to try it -- the writing; what for did we study all those masterpieces, if not to do it ourself?
* ShowCases -- selected playwrights! Focus on Chekhov.
WRITING is moved to Part V. [ to be updated -- Fall 2006 ]
"New York, N.Y. - Literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults now reading literature, according to a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey released today. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America reports drops in all groups studied, with the steepest rate of decline - 28 percent - occurring in the youngest age groups." July 8, 2004