THTR T420 Sec. 4501 H. Jensen

Acting 4

12:30p-2:15p MWF 3 cr. hr.

Prerequisites: THTR T320 Instructor Recommendation.

MAY BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.

This course is concerned with how the actor works with the concept of ensemble acting. Major emphasis is on moment-to-moment action, as well as on detailed character analysis. Students study and perform characters in realistic scenes from Chekhov, Strindberg, Ibsen, and American playwrights (1945 to the present). We will also read and discuss the different approaches to realistic acting as developed by such acting theorists as Stanislavsky, Boleslavsky, and Strasberg.

TEXTS:
Cole and Chinoy, eds. Actors on Acting, Crown Publishers.
Chekhov. Plays, Penguin.
Strindberg. Six Plays, Doubleday Anchor.
Ibsen. Eight Plays, Modern Library.
REQUIREMENTS:
ASSIGNMENTS: One paper - character action/intention analysis.
EXAMS: One covering all reading material.
OTHER: Four scenes.