THDA 436 (01) - History of Theatre I

History of Theatre I

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 10457
The history of theatre and its drama is introduced through close study of the world's greatest plays from the Greeks through the end of the 17th century -- How these plays were performed then, how they are performed now, their political, social, and cultural urgencies.
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Equivalent(s): THDA 436H
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: Nina Morrison

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm PCAC M119
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Course Description


This course examines the history of theatre through close study of the world's greatest plays from ancient theatre from Greek tragedy through the 17th century. Theatre has the potential to make visceral connections with the audience through universal themes. How were these plays performed then, and how are they performed now?  What are their political, social, and cultural urgencies in each context? We will closely read the play texts as well as watch filmed theatre productions.

Putting our study of history into practical application, students will investigate the role dramaturgy plays in preparing an audience to see a classic play. What makes a play a “classic”? What makes a classic play worthy of a contemporary production? What research is relevant and reliable? What is relevant to consider about the context in which each play was written? How can a production of a classic play benefit from dramaturgical analysis and contextualization? What research aids theatre makers and audience members alike?

This course fulfills the Discovery requirement in the category of Fine and Performing Arts. It also fulfills Writing Intensive requirements. There are no prerequisites and students do not need to have any prior theatre experience.