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*** Fall 2005: Bedford Intro to Drama (textbook) -- THR215 Dramatic Literature *

archives : Fall 2003: Modern Drama: Selected Plays from 1879 to the Present Walter Levy, Pace University ISBN: 0-13-226721-7 Prentice Hall Paper; 985 pp Published: 10/21/1998


SHOWS: 12th Night

* 2005 Fall : THR215 Dramatic Literature * Chekhov's Farces are not in your textbook, but I will be using the texts in class. Genre -- Comedy. Character Study (Tobacco, for exmple). Must see the show and write 200 words (post to eGroup).


Aristotle's Six Parts of a Tragedy :
1. Plot
2. Character
3. Thought (theme, idea)
4. Diction (Language)
5. Music (sound)
6. Spectacle
The Possessed 2003
2004 case study: The Taming of the Shrew + Oedipus Rex


"200 words" main points:

Your name: "Intelligent theatre major"

Name of Play:




Dramatic Question:

Inciting Incident:


200 Words Post (after reading each play):

Paragraph 1: Plot Summary -- Describe in one paragraph the storyline of the play (six or seven sentences).

Paragraph 2: Theme(s) (Meaning or premise) -- What is the playwright saying to us? What is the point of the story or plot? What comment is the writer making about society? Support your theme statement from an action, dialogue or scene from the play.

Paragraph 3: Form -- tragedy, comedy, melodrama, or tragicomedy? Why you believe it is a particular type of play by using examples from the play (refer to definitions in texts to justify your selections).

Paragraph 4: Conclusion -- Discuss the play's universality. Will it withstand time? 100, 1000 years? Why? Peronal Opinion (Summary). "Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act" ~ Truman Capote

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything" ~ Alexander Hamilton

chekhov pages @ vtheatre

Shakespeare @ Amazon *

M. Chekhov -- Acting One: Fundamentals

from biblio page: modern drama

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THR413 Playscript Analysis'06 (Fall)

[ vTheatre: postmodern project * Theatre UAF ]


Dramatic Literature'05

* Fall 2005 THR215 (see new script.vtheatre.net/215 subdirectory)

Three (Five) Parts: Craft, Art, Theory, Plays, Writing

Drama Analysis for Theatre Majors

[ I will try to move most of the Craft Pages (composition, exposition and etc.) to script.vtheatre.net/213 ]

First, read vtheatre.net/200 -- core aesthetics!

Instructions for cyber-students:

1. When subscribe, must introduce yourself!

2. Read the Dramlit Forum's archives.

3. Read the textbook.

4. Read the webpages.

5. Write:
* 200 words after each play
* Responses to your classmates' posts
* scenes

Do it on time!

Anatoly Antohin

"ShowCases" -- selected playwrights! (The Big Four: Sophocles + Shakespeare + Chekhov + Beckett)

Three major writers: Sophocles (Oedipus) + Shakespeare (Hamlet & The Taming of the Shrew) + Chekhov (3 Sisters)

Fall 2005 special -- Chekhov's One-Act Farces

Useful Questions to Ask Yourself about a Script Under Review (basic):
1. Is there anything special about the title? Does it focus on a character, the milieu, or a theme? Is it taken from a quotation or is an allusion? Does it contain a point of view or suggest a mood?
2. Make a note of unrealistic elements and consider their meaning. Does it include documentary material and, if so, to what effect?
3. Is there a main theme? Consider the tempo of the various sections?
4. How many acts and scenes are there? What motivates the divisions of the play and how are they marked (curtains, blackouts, etc.)?
5. What are the retrospective elements of the play and are they explicit or implicit?
6. Is there secondary action and what is its relationship with the main action?
7. Consider the characters entrances and exits and how they are motivated?
8. Is there any difference between playing time (the time it takes to perform the play) and illusory time (the time the action is supposed to take)? What is the relationship between the two, if any?
9. Where is the play enacted? Is the playwright vague or exact about the environment? Is this important?
10. How does the playwright economize with the number of roles? Could any be omitted or doubled? What function do the various secondary characters have?
11. Who is the protagonist? The antagonist?
12. What are the relationships among the characters and how do they change?
13. Is the play in verse, prose, or a mixture?
14. Is the play a translation? Can you compare it to the original? With other translations? Are there significant differences?
15. Is the playwright making significant points of interpretation with the use of punctuation? With breaks and overlaps? With silence?

* script.vtheatre.net/215 THR215 Dramatic Literature -- Course Objective: To gain knowledge of the basic elements and tools a playwright uses to create a work of art and to develop awareness and appreciation of the history and ideas in the history of drama.

* script.vtheatre.net/413 -- THR413 Playscript Analysis -- Investigation of the structure of playscripts designed to develop skills in analysis and interpretation for performance. (Prerequisites: junior standing.) Credits: 3 (see Theatre UAF University of Alaska Fairbanks) Must be subscribed to groups.yahoo.com/group/dramlit! All communications are there -- do not email me! Anatoly

Next: writer (new)
Video recommended (watch it on your own time):

Hamlet (1996)

The Taming of the Shrew (Jefferelli)

Romeo & Juliet ()

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Chekhov-3-Sisters Context * Plot Overview * Characters * Character Analysis * Themes * Scenes * Quotations * Key Facts * Study Questions * Quiz * Further Reading * Notes *

The page above are not developed yet.

Use bedfordstmartins.com/jacobus

Read the "support pages" -- appendix, biblio, list, links and etc.

Read the "instruction pages" in classes directory: students, online, notes, instructors and etc.

Use the Glossaries, use terms and words introduced!

All other classes are hyperlinked -- acting, directing, film: must do your own research!

Do the homework! I do not have time for online interaction (dramlit eGroup), the webbing take all my time (pages).
Ask each other!
After 2008 : everything is for cyber-students! iPod? homework Well, you are on your own... You have to teach yourself. The question is do you know how to learn?

If you do, you are set for life!

If not, you have to study it -- how to learn on your own...

It could take a life to do it...

Or more.

About The Book * Preface * Overview * Table of Contents * About the Author * What's New * Feature Summary * Supplements * PageOut * Credits *