DOCUMENTING HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE
519 Annenberg Center, 8-7382 and 3-2659; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tu 1:00-2:45; Th 10:30-11:45; and by appointment
September 6: Text/Script/Performance/Production/Document
September 13: Script(s) and Performance(s)
Readings: Steven Urkowitz, “Five Women Eleven Ways: Changing Images of Shakespearean Characters in the Earliest Texts” (handout).
A) Script(s) and Performance(s)
Short reports on multiple-script early modern plays, and scholarly theories about them (e.g. King Lear, Hamlet, The Taming of A/The Shrew, Doctor Faustus A and B, King John/The Troublesome Reign, etc.)
B) Decoding Conventions of Staging
[September 27: NO CLASS]
A) Decoding Conventions of Staging
Short reports on staging cruxes from individual plays
B) Decoding Acting: Conventions, Aesthetics, and Theories
A) Decoding Acting: Conventions, Aesthetics, and Theories
Short research reports on individual actors and performances
B) Eyewitnesses: Reviews, Memoirs
A) Eyewitnesses: Reviews, Memoirs
Short reports on individual critics or memoirists
B) Reading Scenography
A) Reading Scenography
Short research reports on individual nineteenth-century productions
B) Productions and Directors: Reading Promptbooks
A) Productions and Directors:
Short book reports on individual scholarly promptbook studies OR research reports on individual promptbooks.
B) Film as Document, Film as Version
A) Film as Document, Film as Version
Short research reports on individual film versions or adaptations of stage productions.
B) Video as Document
[November 15: NO CLASS]
A) Video as Document
Research reports on individual archival videos in the Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) Collection, New York Public Library.
B) Documenting the Process: Dramaturgy and Rehearsals
December 6: Documenting the Process: Dramaturgy and Rehearsals
Short book reports on individual eye-witness rehearsal memoirs.
Extra Class (?), TO BE SCHEDULED: Final Research Project Presentations
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