This course will examine plays of major American playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through text analysis and performance activities. A brief history of American Theatre in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will also be studied. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in a scene from one of the plays considered during the semester.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Articulate orally and in writing an understanding of key concepts and theatre practices in American drama since the 1940s
- Identify and critically analyse these key concepts and practices
- Carry out research to select and combine materials concerning the American theatrical landscape
- Make appropriate performance methodology choices for performance of selected texts
- Apply theoretical concepts in performance or in a written production book.
Indicative AssessmentEssay One, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Essay Two, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
2 x assessed in-class and video-recorded workshop performances or project books (12.5% each). [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Tutorial presentation 15-20 minutes duration and related 1000 word write-up (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures , 12 hours of tutorials, and 24 hours of workshops, and b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading, writing which includes at least 6 hours of rehearsals
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