THEA 248 Spring 2013 The Modern Theatre: Plays and Performance

Cross Listed as ENGL234, COMP248
A survey of major trends in playwriting and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. We will read major playwrights from a variety of national traditions, always considering their works in the context of evolutionary and revolutionary transformations of theatre practice. Artists and movements may include Realism and Naturalism (Stanislavsky, Antoine, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw), the Epic Theatre (Brecht, Piscator), The Theatre of Cruelty (Artaud), the "Absurd," (Beckett, Genet, Pinter) the collectivist avant-garde (Grotowski, Living Theatre, Open Theatre), and more recent playwriting.
Class Format: lecture/discussion format will focus on dialectical interplay between dramatic writing and trends in acting, directing, design, theatre architecture and the actor/audience relationship
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussion, midterm exam, one major paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Theatre majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 3545
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THEA248-01(S) LEC Plays and Performance Division 1: Languages and the Arts Robert E. Baker-White
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM 62CtrThea&Dance Seminar Rm 167 3545
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