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Unformatted text preview: THR 101: Understanding Theatre SUNY at Stony Brook Fall 2009 Instructor: Adrienne Sowers email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Class meeting: Mo/We 3:50-5:10 Room: Physics P 129 Final Exam: Monday 12/14/09 from 2:15-4:45pm Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 1:00-3:00 pm or by appointment (3033 Staller) Course Description: Theatre is a perpetually mutating genre. While a film or television show may be viewed and re-viewed countless times and remain constant, theatrical performances change from night to night. The live theatre is visceral, ephemeral, and immediate. Consequently, the unique experience occurring between performer(s) and audience can never be replicated. As an introductory course, this class cannot begin to comprehensively address all aspects or forms of the dramatic arts. Rather, THR 101 is designed to begin a process of understanding and appreciating live theatre. Course Objectives: Develop a working definition of theatre as an art form, cultural experience, and human expression Describe different occupations within the field of theatre and explore the collaborative process of creating theatre Experience and evaluate theatre performance Apply critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to theatrical history, texts, and performances Materials: Handouts (distributed in class) Texts (available at the University Bookstore and from online retailers; you may use alternate editions of these texts if available): Title Author Publisher Yea r ISBN # The Theatre Experience Wilson McGraw Hill, 11 th edition 2005 0073125555 Measure for Measure William Shakespeare Dover Publications 1999 0486408892 A Dolls House Henrik Ibsen Bibliobazaar 2007 0554048930 The Piano Lesson August Wilson Penguin (Plume) 2007 0452265349 BFE Julia Cho Dramatists Play Service 2006 0822221128 The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams New Directions Publishing Corporation 1999 0811214044 The Bald Soprano and The Lesson: Two Plays A New Translation Eugene Ionesco (translated by Tina Howe) Grove Press 2007 0802143180 Mother Courage and Her Children Bertolt Brecht Penguin Classics 2007 0143105280 Oedipus the King Sophocles Oxford University Press, USA 1988 0195054938 Requirements and Grading: Grading for this course will be done on a point system: The following scale will be used to determine letter grades: Participation & homework Quizzes (10) 150 points 100 points A 930-1000 Midterm Exam 200 points A- 900-925 Show attendance (4) 100 points B+ 875-895 Production Analyses (2) 100 points B 830-870 Final Project 150 points B- 800-825 Final Exam 200 points C+ 775-795...
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