Theatre Arts 100
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE ARTS
Professor Mazer
Fall 1999

Bennett Hall 305, x7382; cmazer@english.upenn.edu
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-3:00; Th 11:00-Noon, and by appointment

September 9: Introduction: What is Theatre? September 14: Theatre and Representation

September 16: Theatre and Representation (cont.) [REQUIRED THEATRE GOING: William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Sept. 16-18]

September 21: Theatre in Performance I: A Midsummer Night's Dream.

September 23: Acting and Behavior

September 28: Acting and Action September 30: Action and Character I October 5: Action and Character I (cont.) [APPROXIMATE DUE DATE: FIRST TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENT]

October 7: Action and Character II (cont.)

October 12: Action and Character II (cont.) October 14: Action and Character III [Fall Break]

October 19: Character, Action, and Place

[REQUIRED THEATRE GOING (dates[s]) to be determined), Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House, Lantern Theatre Company, St. Stephen's Theatre (between 9th and 10th and Market and Chestnut), October 20-November 14.]

October 21: Character, Action, and Place

October 26: Representation and Place [APPROXIMATE DUE DATE: SECOND TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENT]

October 28: Defining the Audience:

[REQUIRED THEATRE GOING: Friedrich Drrenmatt, The Physicists, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Oct. 28-30]

November 2: Theatre in Performance II: The Physicists.

November 4: Language, Action, and the Actor

November 9: Music, Action, and the Actor November 11: IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT

[REQUIRED THEATRE GOING: Beth Henley, Abundance, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Nov. 11-13, 18-20]

November 16: Acting Alternatives I: Presentation and Ideology

November 18: Re-Defining the Audience: November 23: Theatre in Performance III: Abundance.

[Thanksgiving]

November 30: Presentation and Ideology

December 2: Acting Alternatives III: Performance, Ideology, and Gender
  • Reading: December 7: Acting Alternatives II: Representing Others December 9: Script to Performance (an intensive look at a script and/or performance from earlier in the semester, or one in preparation for next semester; readings and guest lecturer to be announced).

    In addition to the two take-home essays and the in-class exercise, there is a choice of EITHER a final examination, at the date scheduled by the registrar, OR a 12-15 page final term paper, on an open topic, due TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14. ALL TERM PAPER TOPICS MUST BE APPROVED BY ME BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30. Late term papers will not be accepted; if you cannot complete your paper by the deadline, you must take the exam.

    Books (including La Ronde, Ibsen Plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Aristotle's Poetics, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle) can be purchased at the Penn Book Center (at 34th and Sabsom Sts.); the Bulkpack can be purchased at the Campus Copy Center, 39th and Walnut.

    YOU ARE REQUIRED to see (and you will almost certainly be asked to write about) productions and performances around the Philadelphia area over the course of the semester, including productions in the Studio Theatre of the Annenberg Center sponsored by the Theatre Arts Program, as noted on the syllabus. Additional required productions may be added over the course of the semester.

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