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Christopher Goodson
DRAMA 201
Seattle Campus

Plays and Styles

Introduces theatre practitioners to the principles of play construction, to the process of reading and conceiving plays for production, and to the basic vocabulary of artistic styles through which plays are produced.

Class description

Students in this course will read plays closely with special attention to structure and style, investigate the key ideas of major dramatic theories, and engage with performance traditions from a range of periods and geographies. We will also learn how to read play texts for staging, by learning different approaches to script analysis based on a play's style and period.

Plays include: Reza's "Art," Webster's "Duchess of Malfi," Euripides' "The Bacchae," Fornes' "Mud," Walcott's "The Sea at Dauphin," Lori-Parks' "The America Play," and more.

Theories: Aristotle, Corneille, Absurdism, Artaud, The Living Theater, etc.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christopher Goodson
Date: 03/22/2014