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

1. September 9: Introduction: Script, Performance, Text

2. September 16: Script, Performance, Text (continued)

  • Readings:
  • Reports: 3. September 23: Conventions of Performance 4. September 30: Performance and Text 5. October 7: Acting and Character I: Writing About Character 6. October 14: Acting and Character II: Historicizing Acting, Character, and Gender 7. October 21: Acting and Character III: "Modern" Acting and Character 8. October 28: Acting and Character IV: Character and Contemporary Acting Practice 9. November 4: Acting and Character V: Post-Modern Criticism and Practice [November 11: no class; extra class to be rescheduled]

    10. November 18: Early-Modern Performance and Ideology


    11. November 30: Historical Performance and Ideology

    12. December 2: Contemporary Performance and Ideology 13. December 9: Writing About Performance 14. postponed class from November 11, TO BE SCHEDULED: Creating Performance Books to be Purchased: The following books are available for purchase at the Penn Book Center, 34th and Sansom Sts. The bulkpack can be purchased at the Campus Copy Center, 3800 block of Walnut St.

    Reports and Papers: Depending on the final enrollment in the class, you will be required to present, tentatively, TWO in-class reports: ONE brief report on one of the essays in the Players of Shakespeare or related texts on October 28; and ONE report on a scholarly book, chapter, or essay, on EITHER September 16 or October 5. For your report, you might be asked to give a brief presentation, and/or to distribute a brief abstract or supporting materials. In addition to the short essay (due, electronically, on December 7, with a hard copy due December 9), there will be, at the end of the semester, a single seminar paper, due at a date to be determined.

    Recommended/Required Theatregoing: The Theatre Arts Program is presenting a heavily-cut six-actor version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Jim Schlatter, which runs for three performances only at the Studio Theatre, Annenberg Center, September 16-18; it might be useful for our later discussions if we see it. We will tentatively be arranging for group-rate tickets to the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival's production of Hamlet, directed by Jim Christy, which runs from October 15 to November 14. And we might consider organizing an excursion to see Andrei Serban's production of Hamlet, with Leib Schreiber, at the Joseph Papp/New York Public Theatre in November/December.

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