Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
DRA 306 Text/Performance/Adaptation
4 hours; 4 credits
An advanced course in theatrical literature and performance. Students will read three foundational Western plays from each of three historical contexts during which theatrical production was especially intense and innovative; Athenian, Renaissance, and the mid-20th century avant-garde, or equivalents. These plays provide a platform from which to understand how these texts have generated new work across cultural, temporal, geopolitical, and affective frames. The course moves through the practice of reading the traditional and classic “play” to its inter-connective and inter-textual qualities as performance at multiple sites and situations. Students will both be exposed to these foundational plays and understand their complexities as active, social, and performed entities.
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