Honors Syllabus_Update.docx - HONORS 313 THEATRE AND THE CITY OR Site-Specific Theatre Immersive Performance and You Professor D.J Hopkins Email

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HONORS 313: THEATRE AND THE CITY OR: Site-Specific Theatre, Immersive Performance, and You Professor D.J. Hopkins Office: Adams Humanities 3106 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Wed. 12 Noon to 2pm Pronouns: he / him / his — or by appointment OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE Students will be introduced to range of perspectives on the role of performance in the construction of social space, with an emphasis on theatre space and urban space. We will read creative texts (plays and other documents) and critical sources (newspaper reviews, scholarly articles). Students will be able to identify the textual forms that suggest dynamic spatial relationships in performance. Critical texts will support discussion of the spatial complexities of dramatic literature and the dynamics of theatrical performances outside conventional theatre spaces. Students will learn to recognize “outside the box” theatre forms, like immersive theatre and site-specific performance, and will be able to characterize what makes each form distinct. Using key concepts from select critical texts, students will be able to apply those concepts in the discussion of plays and performances — those introduced in class as well new examples discovered at the WOW Festival or other performance venues. The course will incorporate practice-based research as an additional methodology: Students will be able to create their own performances, in response to instructor-led prompts, and then analyze these “performance experiments” in terms of both creative and critical results. REQUIRED BOOKS Land/Scape/Theater , Una Chaudhuri, Elinor Fuchs (Eds.) America Play and Other Works, Suzan Lori Parks Note: Additional required readings will be posted to Blackboard. If you choose to download and print this material, anticipate additional cost in printing fees or replacement printer cartridges. WITHOUT WALLS FESTIVAL (WOW) A central feature of this course is attending performances at the 2019 Without Walls Festival (WOW) produced by La Jolla Playhouse: October 17–20 at Liberty Station. All students are expected to attend the following two performances: Ikaros by Third Rail Productions Las Quinceñeras by Optika Moderna Students should expect to pay for their own tickets and arrange their own transportation. I will try to arrange a group rate. I am also trying to arrange exclusive artist talks for my students — stay tuned. GRADING will be based on a 225-point system: Group Performance I: Dramatic scene: 20 points Mini research paper, 3-4 pages: 45 points Short writing assignments, 10 points each: Oct. 22, Nov. 7, Nov. 21. Group Performance II: Site-specific scene, 30 points Final project: 80 points Participation, based on consistent preparation for class and contribution to discussion: 20 points
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THE GRADING SCALE FOR THIS CLASS 98–100 A+ 93–97 A 90–92 A- 87–89 B+ 83–86 B 80–82 B- 77–79 C+ 73–76 C 70–72 C- 67–69 D+ 63–66 D 60–62 D- 59 and below F SCHEDULE AND ASSIGNED MATERIAL Students are expected to complete each reading by the date that it appears on the schedule.
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