Theatre and Drama | Introduction to Theatre
T100 | 4595 | Railsback
Fulfills AHLA Requirements
This course is concerned with the art of entertainment called
theatre. This includes drama, dance, musical theatre, and the
technical skills used in film, television, and the living stage. The
basic objectives of the course are to examine foundations of
contemporary theatre, and the elements of theatrical production and
the contributions of the western theatre heritage. As the foundation
course in the Theatre and Drama curriculum, Introduction to the
Theatre aims to equip the student with a common vocabulary and
concepts utilized in the study and collaborative work of the theatre.
Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art.
Kushner. Angels in America.
Moliere. The Miser. Adapt: Miles Malleson.
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Trans. H.D.F. Kitto
Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire.
ASSIGNMENTS: The student will read in the above texts and will view
live and film theatre available during the semester. Some additional
readings may be distributed and some may be put on Library Reserve.
A large share of the content of the course will be found in the
course lectures, video, and other visual presentations.
PAPERS: The student will write three (3) papers of at least 600 to
800 words (3-5 pages) each. The papers will be to evaluate a theatre
performance witnessed during the term.
EXAMS: At least three (3) tests over assigned reading, lectures,
films, and other viewings. All tests prepared with class content in
mind. Also, there will be occasional quizzes. The tests will be
both objective and essay. The final exam will be comprehensive.
Attendance and class participation are essential to success in this