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Lezlie Celia Cross
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. The central focus of the course will be in using play analysis to create dynamic stage performances.

Student learning goals

To acquire theatrical styles vocabulary. To analyze the structure of a wide range of dramatic texts. To describe the impact of major thinkers (such as Aristotle, Artaud, Stanislavsky and Brecht) on play structure and performance. To create production concepts for plays based on rigorous script and stylistic analysis. To build well-constructed arguments and fully developed analytical papers that reflect the objectives listed above.

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Class assignments and grading


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 Susan L Bruns
Date: 04/20/2011