Provocative Plays and the Theatrical Imagination
01/24/2011 - 04/29/2011
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
This course introduces students to a spectrum of plays that use heightened language, form, or setting to approach characters, issues, and relationships. These playwrights take on deeply personal or political issues, seeking to engage the audience in the challenging process of facing and perhaps resolving primal issues and questions. Rather than examining these texts as literature - an important task to be sure - we will be looking at these plays as scripts for performance as well as the artistic and social contexts in which they were written.
In addition to thinking critically and contextually about these plays, students will also be developing their ability to engage others in the exploration of theatrical texts. By examining the plays as the "approachers," that is, as directors, designers, and actors, the students will enhance their ability to draw life from text. We will seek to build upon analytical thinking, branching into creative and imaginative response to the source material.
The course is structured as a series of round table discussions, role-playing sessions, play readings and/or film showings. Our goal is to cover 12 plays over the course of the term, including works by Sarah Kane, Paula Vogel, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), David Mamet, Charles Mee, and Suzan-Lori Parks.
Sources studied will include works by Sarah Kane, Paula Vogel, Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), David Mamet, Charles Mee, and Suzan-Lori Parks.
This course is open to auditors.
The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, January 28 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
David Jaffe (BA Connecticut College, MFA Yale University) is Frank B. Weeks Visiting Professor of Theater at Wesleyan. For eight years he served as Director of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Jaffe taught advanced acting classes, audition technique, improvisation, ensemble process, and mentored the directing lab. As a professional actor he has worked in regional theater and in New York City in such venues as the Long Wharf Theater, American Shakespeare Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, the New York City Ballet, and was a member of the O'Neill Playwrights Conference acting company for three summers. Jaffe is also a professional observer at the Actors Studio in New York City. Click here for more information about David Jaffe.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 0||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
TRUE AND FALSE, David Mamet
LIGHT ON THE SUBJECT: STAGE LIGHTING FOR DIRECTORS AND ACTORS - AND THE REST OF US, David Hays
A SENSE OF DIRECTION: SOME OBSERVATIONS ON THE ART OF DIRECTING, William Ball
THE DRAMATIC IMAGINATION: REFLECTIONS AND SPECULATIONS ON THE ART OF THE THEATRE, Robert Edmund Jones
BLASTED from SARAH KANE: COMPLETE PLAYS, Sarah Kane
TRUE LOVE, Charles Mee, available online for free at charlesmee.org
HOT N' THROBBING from THE BALTIMORE WALTZ AND OTHER PLAYS, Paula Vogel
DUTCHMAN, Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
THE BLACKS: A CLOWN SHOW, Jean Genet
OLEANNA, David Mamet
KEELY AND DU, Jane Martin
MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS, Athol Fugard
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF?, Edward Albee
THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project
Reading materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown 860-685-7323 Order your books online.
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