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David Odai Johnson
DRAMA 494
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Theatre and Drama

Topics in drama, history, and criticism. See Time Schedule for specific topic. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302.

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Summer 2013 Four weeks, four genres: the histories, tragedies, comedies, and romances of William Shakespeare, their context, their quarrels, their legacies.

The course is designed to expose readers of Shakespeare to the traditions of staging Shakespeare, to explore how productions have historically embraced, promoted, and challenged this supreme writer, to introduce this complex writer to artists of the theatre and to make these texts accessible for the daunted.

************************************************ Winter 2013 Drama 494A: Ten Great Companies, One Great Century

This upper division senior seminar considers ten of the most influential theatre companies of the 20th century. Starting with the Moscow Art Theatre at the opening of the century, to the the course traces the careers and influence of the major pioneering companies who shaped the theatre of the 20th century. We will be looking at the following companies: 1) Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) 2) Jacque Copeau and the Vieux Columbier 3) The Abbey Theatre Company 4) The Group Theatre / Actor’s Studio 5) The Berliner Ensemble 6) The Theatre Workshop 7) El Teatro Campesino 8) The Living Theatre 9) Grotowski’s Polish Laboratory Theatre 10) Royal Shakespeare Company

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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 Susan L Bruns
Date: 03/07/2013