2216 - Drama Production
T-Th 2:30-3:50 p.m.
Drama Production is an exploration of the fundamental elements that
combine to create theatre.
Through improvs and exercises we will analyze the things that make human
beings innately dramatic and discover ways to access those attributes
in order to create fully developed characters onstage. We will discuss
and practice the basic skill of breaking texts down into beats and units
of action, not only as a means of pursuing immediate objectives, but
as a core element of a larger goal: the balanced marriage of text and
self. Additionally, the class will expand the ability to use body and
voice more freely while working toward extending awareness and
concentration. This is a full participation class wear sweats
and t-shirts and expect to roll around on the ground and have a great
time in, as Victor Turner has coined it, the human seriousness
mandatory (there are three excused absences, after which
your grade will drop accordingly) and you must be prepared and focused
when you come to class. Over the course of the year class assignments
will consist of various exercises (20%), monologues (20%), scenes (20%),
and an ongoing actors notebook (documenting responses to productions
attended, text analysis work, and any ongoing
assignments, 10%). The second semester will culminate in an evening
of scenes (30%). Expect to put in a significant amount of rehearsal
time outside of class.
is no one text for this course. Monologues and scenes will be photocopied
and handed out throughout the semester.
= Excellent performance)
= Good performance)
= Satisfactory performance)
= Minimally acceptable performance)
49 and less (0.0)