THDA 438 (01) - History of Theatre II

History of Theatre II

Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 52691
The history of theatre and its drama is introduced through close study of the world's greatest plays of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries -- How these plays were performed then, how they are performed now, their political, social and cultural urgencies.
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Equivalent(s): THDA 438H
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: Nina Morrison

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm PCAC M213
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Course Description

This course examines the history of theatre through close study of the world's greatest plays from the 18th century to the present. Theatre has the potential to make visceral connections with the audience through universal themes. How were these modern and contemporary plays performed then, and how are they performed now?  What are their political, social, and cultural urgencies in each context? How were styles like realism, naturalism, absurdism, expressionism, and postmodernism performed, and why? 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 or contemporary play. We will discuss how these plays appealed to their original audiences, and how they appeal to audiences now. We will discuss the historical, social and cultural circumstances surrounding their initial productions.  What makes a play a “classic”? What makes a play contemporary? What makes a play worthy of a production? What is relevant to consider about the context in which each play was written? What research is relevant and reliable? How can a production of a 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.

Booklist

Book Details
BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
978080213079 2
PUBLISHER
INGRAM PUB
PIANO LESSON (90)
by WILSON
Recommended
ISBN
978045226534 9
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
MACHINAL (93)
by TREADWELL
Recommended
ISBN
978185459211 8
PUBLISHER
INGRAM PUB
FIRES IN THE MIRROR ((REV)97)
by SMITH
Required
ISBN
978082221329 1
PUBLISHER
DRAMA PLAY
DOLL'S HOUSE (12)
by IBSEN
Recommended
ISBN
978147252641 0
PUBLISHER
MAC HIGHER
EBK BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
822011456108 8
PUBLISHER
VST
UNCLE VANYA (18)
by CHEKHOV
Recommended
ISBN
978155936590 1
PUBLISHER
INGRAM PUB
SCHOOL GIRLS (18)
by BIOH
Required
ISBN
978082223863 8
PUBLISHER
DRAMA PLAY
EBK BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
822013370769 6
PUBLISHER
VST
EBK BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
822013370770 2
PUBLISHER
VST
EBK BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
822013370767 2
PUBLISHER
VST
EBK BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
822013370771 9
PUBLISHER
VST
EBK BALD SOPRANO+OTHER PLAYS (58)
by IONESCO
Recommended
ISBN
822013370768 9
PUBLISHER
VST
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