Cushman / Lassiter
To gain a broad experience of the theatre: reading plays, seeing plays, enjoying plays, thinking about plays, talking about plays, writing about plays.
To learn how to interpret/understand/enjoy a play.
To appreciate plays in their cultural and historical contexts.
To gain insight into how a play is translated from page to performance.
Texts: Klaus, Gilbert, Field, Stages of Drama.
Fifth ed. (St. Martin's)
Inge, Bus Stop (Dramatists Play Service)
Sondheim, Wheeler, Sweeney Todd (Applause)
August 17 Introductory
19 Albee, The Zoo Story
24 Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
August 31 Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
September 2 Much Ado
7 Much Ado Production of Bus Stop
9 Much Ado Triad Stage
5-26 September 14 Exam #1
16 Pinter, Landscape
21 Inge, Bus Stop
23 Bus Stop
28 Bus Stop
30 Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
October 5 Cat
12 Fall Break
14 Miller, Death of a Salesman
21 Exam #2
26 Fugard, “Master Harold” . . . and the Boys
28 “Master Harold”
November 2 Wilson, Fences
9 Sweeney Todd
11 Sweeney Todd
16 Sweeney Todd
18 Sweeney Todd
23 Vogel, How I Learned to Drive
2 Exam #3
Calculation of Final Grade:
Exam #1 30%
Exam #2 30%
Exam #3 30%
Attendance: It is essential that you be present and that you come to class prepared to talk about the plays. You are allowed five unexcused cuts.
Cushman office hours: McIver 104, Thursday 2-4