Theatre and Drama | Introduction to Theatre
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T100	 Introduction to Theatre

For more info contact Ronald Wainscott, Ph.D.
855-9021 or wainscot@indiana.edu

This course is required of all Theatre Majors and Minors, but
students from any other program are also encouraged to register.

The course objectives for students include: understanding the theatre
as a collaborative act; developing and enhancing analytical skills
when examining plays and theatrical events; developing vocabulary and
critical skills to enhance participation as a theatre practitioner
and an audience member; developing an appreciation and understanding
of the jobs of theatre artists and technicians and other contributors
to theatrical production; developing an awareness of the relationship
of theatrical experiences of the past with those of the present.  It
is hoped that students will leave this course with a better
understanding of theatre and drama in its larger cultural and
historical context, and with the ability to make important
connections between theatre of the past with current experiences with
theatre, with the other fine and performing arts, and with our
contemporary social fabric and myriad life styles.

Required Textbooks:
	Wainscott and Fletcher. Theatre: Collaborative Acts, 2nd
edition, 2007.
	Wainscott and Fletcher.  Plays Onstage: An Anthology, 2006.

Plays we will read:
Susan Glaspell, Trifles.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts.
David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly.
William Wycherley, The Country Wife.
Samuel Beckett, Act Without Words I.
Josť Rivera, Marisol.

Course Outline:
How do you see yourself in the theatre?

Theatre defined and cultural collaboration. Theatre in society.
Collaboration of actor, audience and space. Importance of space.
Analyzing live theatre / Criticism. Play #1 Trifles.

Understanding the written play. Play #2 Romeo and Juliet.
Interpreting the play. Play #3 Ghosts. Producing the play.

The role and history of Director. Play #4 M Butterfly. The role and
history of the actor. The role and history of the playwright. Play #5
The Country Wife. The role and history of the designers.

Historical context for theatrical collaboration. Play #6 Act Without
Words I. Special periods of theatre production. Greek Classicism.
Elizabethan. Japanese Kabuki. Historical Avant-Garde. Gender Issues.
The Postmodern. Play #7 Marisol. Contemporaryh historical, critical,
theoretical approaches to theatre.