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THEATRE 110 Syllabus


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THEATRE 110: INTRODUCTION TO THE THEATRE Professor: Chrystyna Dail Office: 2822 CSPAC Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon. 12:00 – 2:00 & by appointment Class Objective: Welcome! This course is an introduction to Theatre and Performance focusing on Western Theatre. The content, which is broken down into sections, focuses on major components of theatre, European theatrical history and influences, and current United States performances including the American Musical, marginalized cultures in U.S. theatre, solo performance and performance art. This class encourages students’ discussion and appreciation of live performance in today’s society. Textbooks, Readings, and Productions Required: Theatre: The Lively Art by Edwin Wilson and Alvin Goldfarb, Sixth Edition. ►Readings from various texts placed on e-reserve or found online. Where to find the non-textbook plays and readings: 1) Trifles by Susan Glaspell is available at http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/eng384/trifles.htm 2) Oedipus the King by Sophocles is available at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31/31-h/31-h.htm#king 3) The Tempest by William Shakespeare is online http://shakespeare.mit.edu/tempest/full.html 4) A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen available at http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext01/dlshs11h.htm 5) Jet of Blood by Antonin Artaud is on e-reserve 6) Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes is on e-reserve 7) No Saco Nada de la Escuela by Luis Valdez is on e-reserve 8) Excerpts from Freak and HA are available on e-reserve. You will be graded on the following: ►Two critical reviews of UMD Department of Theatre productions (50 points each = 100 points) ►One group performance project (100 points) ►Two exams on lectures, readings, and required live performances. The second exam occurs during finals week and is not cumulative. (100 points each = 200 points) ►Seven quizzes in lecture, the lowest score is dropped. (10 points each = 70 points) ►One Ballad Opera Song Assignment (30 points) ►Participation (100 points) Grading System: There is a possibility of 600 points 600 – 540 = A 539 – 480 = B 479 – 420 = C 419 – 360 = D 359 – 0 = F 1
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MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS: All written assignments must by typed using twelve point Times New Roman font and double-spaced. Emailed assignments are not accepted. A note about writing assignments: Late papers will not be accepted . The only exceptions to this rule are emergency situations, which involve a Dean’s excuse or a letter from a physician. All written assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. If you have concerns related to the material or your writing style, I urge you to contact the Writing Center, your discussion instructor, or myself before handing in the assignment. ►Ballad Opera Song: Using the melody of one of your favorite songs, compose or rewrite the lyrics of the song to tell a story about yourself, a friend, or family member. The lyrics should clearly indicate who the character is, the context of the story, and the purpose for the song. There will be extra credit opportunities for you to perform your song in discussion and lecture.
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