Theatre and Drama | Script Analysis for the Theatre
T101 | 28603 | Wainscott
T101 Script Analysis for the Theatre
Reading and analyzing play scripts for understanding, interpretation,
For more info contact Ronald Wainscott, Ph.D.
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This course is required of all Theatre Majors and should be taken in
the Freshman year. Theatre minors and non-majors may also take this
A primary course objective for students is to understand both
traditionally-written and nontraditional plays (classical, modern,
and contemporary). We will study play scripts paying particular
attention to form and structure, genre, style, character, tropes,
themes, language, dramatic action and dramatic event. We will
examine dramatic devices, develop a working dramatic vocabulary and
we hope to improve critical and interpretive skills to enhance
participation as a theatre practitioner, critic and audience member.
We will examine plays from the point of view of the actor, director,
scenic designer, costume designer, lighting designer, sound designer,
producer, critic, and audience. It is hoped that students will leave
this course with a better understanding of the vital position of the
play text in theatrical production, and with a better understanding
of dramatic form, and with improved tools and methods for effective
dramatic analysis useful in all areas of contemporary theatre
practice and criticism.
Plays we will read:
August Wilson. The Piano Lesson
Suzan-Lori Parks. Venus
Molière. The Hypochondriac (Imaginary Invalid)
Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire
Calderon de la Barca. Life Is a Dream
Georg Büchner. Woyzeck
Dion Boucicault. The Poor of New York
Zora Neale Hurston. Color Struck
Arthur Miller. Death of a Salesman
Bertolt Brecht. Caucasian Chalk Circle
William Shakespeare. Measure for Measure
Sophie Treadwell. Machinal
Maria Irene Fornes. The Conduct of Life
The architecture of a play. Organizing methods and devices.
Traditional structure: The Piano Lesson.
Analytical methods. Tragedy: Antigone. Comedy: The Hypochondriac
(Imaginary Invalid). Tragicomedy: Life Is a Dream. Melodrama: The
Poor of New York. Character: Death of a Salesman. Language: Measure
for Measure. Thought: The Conduct of Life/ Asian Thought: Hagaromo.
Negotiable Structure: Venus.
Analysis for the producer and artistic director. Analysis for the
actor: A Streetcar Named Desire. Analysis for the director: Woyzeck
Analysis for the scenic designer: Color Struck. Analysis for the
costume designer: Caucasian Chalk Circle. Analysis for the lighting
and sound designers: Machinal. Analysis for the critic.