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.
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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