This course focuses on advanced problems in language, imagery, and characterization in the works of Shakespeare. Both monologues and scenes are drawn from selected texts.
This course explores the evolution and performance of material from non-scripted texts and focus on the performance of those texts by the solo performer. Material will be drawn from newspapers, novels, poetry, non-fiction, biography, auto-biography, and interviews. The course is divided into three parts:
Introduction: During this part of the course students will present an initial piece of material of their own choosing as a basis for discussion of non-scripted solo performance. The class will also view various examples of solo performance via video tapes and guest artists.
Exploration: During this section of the course students will evolve solo pieces through a series of explorations that make use of techniques employed by solo artists. Students will apply these techniques to material culled from different sources.
Creation: During this section of the course students will evolve their own solo performances pieces. Each student will be expected to present part of his/her evolving work each week in class.
This course looks at the play as the central, essential source for production decisions made by the actor, the director, the designer, and the dramaturg. Each play is looked at in the context of its historical, theatrical, and critical moment in the history of Western culture. Among the texts to be covered are Hamlet, The Three Sisters, The Visit, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, The Homecoming, Night of the Iguana, The Castle, and Spinning into Butter.
This Course is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for students who plan to audition for Theatre 381 (Advanced Acting: Shakespeare).
The course focuses on how the texts themselves are blueprints for productions with particular emphasis on the structure, rhythm, staging, and acting choices imbedded in the language of the plays by Shakespeare. The course also looks at the choices available to the actor through the text. The course also examines how collaboration among stage directors, designers, and actors leads to differing productions of the same play.