Theatre Arts/English 236
Office Hours: Tu, Th Noon-1:20, and by appointment
I. Language, objectives, action: Sonnets; Chorus and scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
John Barton, Playing Shakespeare (DVD, on reserve in Rosengarten), Patsy Rodenburg, Speaking Shakespeare (chapters TBA).
II. Shakespeare’s Stage and Stagecraft: Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice.
Essays and chapters by Alan C. Dessen:
“Linking Analogue” (fro.m Elizabethan Drama and the Viewer’s Eye); “Elizabethan Darkness and Modern Lighting,” and “Theatrical Metaphor: Seeing and Not-Seeing” (from Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters); “Much virtue in As,” “The Vocabulary of ‘Place,’” and “‘Romeo opens the tomb’” (from Recovering Shakespeare’s Theatrical Vocabulary). (bulkpack)
III. Text and Performance.
Examples from Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
IV. Playing the Scene/Building a
Play: The Merchant of
V. Speaking the Verse, Creating the Character.
Richard Paul Knowles,
“Shakespeare, Voice, and Ideology:
Interrogating the Natural Voice”; Sarah Werner, “Performing Shakespeare:
Voice Training and the Feminist Actor,” with responses from Cicely
VII. The Director: Conceiving a Production:
The Merchant of
There will be TWO take-home assignments, at dates to be announced, and A FINAL TERM PAPER/PROJECT on The Merchant of Venice. ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED AT ALL CLASSES, as is scene-work as assigned. ABSENCE FROM ANY CLASS AT WHICH YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO PRESENT A SCENE, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS WITH A PARTNER WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REFLECTED IN YOUR GRADE. You are responsible for scheduling your own rehearsal time for assignments that require it. Lateness to class impedes our collective work, and is a discourtesy to your fellow students, and will be reflected in your grade.
Theatre Productions to be seen (if relevant; dates and group rates to be arranged):
All’s Well that Ends Well
(video relay of live performance from the National Theatre,
Lost, Shakespere’s Globe Theatre Company:
As You Like It, Villanova Theatre, November 10 – 22.
Books to be purchased,
Patsy Rodenburg, Speaking Shakespeare, Palgrave Macmillan.
William Shakespeare, The Sonnets, Pelican Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of
Bulk-Pack to be purchased,
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