Theatre Arts 100
Professor Mazer
Fall 1998

Bennett Hall 305, x7382;
Office Hours: Tu 11:00-Noon, 1:30-3:00; Th 1:30-3:00, and by appointment

September 10: Introduction: What is Theatre?

September 15: Theatre and Representation

September 17: Theatre and Representation (cont.) [REQUIRED THEATREGOING: The Lady in Question, by Charles Busch, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Sept. 17-19]

September 22: [no class]

September 24: Theatre in Performance I: The Lady in Question.

September 28: Acting and Behavior

October 1: Acting and Action October 6: Action and Character I October 8: Action and Character I (cont.) October 13: Action and Character II [APPROXIMATE DUE DATE: FIRST TAKE-HOME ASSIGNMENT]

October 15: Action and Character II (cont.)

[Fall Break]

October 20: Action and Character III

October 22: Character, Action, and Place [REQUIRED THEATREGOING: Samuel's Major Problems, by Richard Foreman, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Oct. 22-24]

October 27: Theatre in Performance II: Samuel's Major Problems.

October 29: Character, Action, and Place

[REQUIRED THEATREGOING: Venus, by Suzan-Lori Parks, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Oct. 29- 31]

November 3: Theatre in Performance III: Venus.

November 5: Language, Action, and the Actor


November 12: Acting Alternatives I: Presentation and Ideology

[REQUIRED THEATREGOING: The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov, Theatre Arts Program, Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, Nov. 12-14, 19-21]

November 17: Presentation and Ideology


November 24: Acting Alternatives II: Representing Others


December 1: Theatre in Performance IV: The Cherry Orchard.

December 3: Acting Alternatives III: Performance, Ideology, and Gender >ul

  • Guest Lecturer: Rose Malague, Theatre Arts
  • Reading: Gay Gibson Cima, "Strategies for Subverting the Canon," and Rhonda Blair, "'Not...but'/'Not-Not-Me': Musing on Cross-Gender Performance," from Upstaging Big Daddy (bulkpack) December 8, 10: Putting it Together: 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 15. ALL TERM PAPER TOPICS MUST BE APPROVED BY ME BY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1. 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, The Cherry Orchard, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Aristotle's Poetics, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle) can be purchased at the Penn Book Center (either at their 3700 block of Walnut St. location, or their new 34th St. location, to be announced); 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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