-- 2009


DRAMATURGY AND RESEARCH: "We use a great many aids which other actors and theatre people do not use since they don't see the necessity to use them, such as readings, literary studies, scientific works, political analysis, films, paintings, etc.--actually things which are quite normal, but the difference is that we conduct this research in a relatively extensive and rigorous fashion. Then, during rehearsals, we start to push ourselves and to express things which we have grasped, understood, or sensed, by using our bodies and making some movements." Zipes 53.

Use glossary, topics, subjects and themes pages!

SHOWS: 12th Night
2003-2004 * Modern Drama (textbook): This comprehensive and balanced anthology offers a collection of 25 works of modern and contemporary drama from the 1870s through the early 1990s. Features twenty-five plays that often demonstrate a significant breakthrough in maturity of expression and style for each playwright important leaders in the development of modern and contemporary drama.


....theory does not express, translate, or serve to apply practice: it is practice. -- Foucault[2]
Practice = un/discovered theory. -- Anatoly


playwrighting online * DRAMATURGY AND THE LIBERAL ARTS: "A liberal arts theatre education should teach text analysis, research, writing, language, and organizational skills; appreciation of cultural (not just theatrical) history and current events; artistry; critical acumen; responsibility and interpersonal skills. I believe any liberal arts education, particularly theatre, is capable of increasing the student's self-esteem and therefore the student's ability to function optimally in a complex and interdependent world.
Production dramaturgy includes . . . text analysis, research and writing. It demands organizational skills. It fosters ability to work collaboratively and sensitively with others. But it must also be considered an art, because it involves, as well, exercise of the creative imagination and aesthetic judgment. It is a microcosm of the entire liberal arts experience." Lila Wolff-Wilkinson. "Comments on Process: Production Dramaturgy as the Core of the Liberal Arts Theatre Program." Theatre Topics 3.1 (1993): 1.


Look, this is a new segment for both classes: your have to write your own monologue (215) or your scene (413) -- even if you never did it before. Time to try it -- the writing; what for did we study all those masterpieces, if not to do it ourself? POMO and "ecclectic style" (textbook)

Albee Conference, Alaska *

M. Chekhov -- Acting One: Fundamentals






postmodern and vTheatre (pomo project) 2006

Part 5. Writing (last) *

Playscript Analysis

Dramatic Literature

* Fall 2003 THR413 (visitors -- see new subdirectory)

Three Parts: Craft, Art, Theory + Writing (last three weeks)

Drama Analysis for Theatre Majors

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

First, read -- core aesthetics! [ If came here by accident ]


* ShowCases -- selected playwrights! Focus on Chekhov.

WRITING is moved to Part V.
[ to be updated -- Fall 2006 ]

Shaw -- Pygmalion

"New York, N.Y. - Literary reading is in dramatic decline with fewer than half of American adults now reading literature, according to a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) survey released today. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America reports drops in all groups studied, with the steepest rate of decline - 28 percent - occurring in the youngest age groups." July 8, 2004 Venice-DonJuan2003
Venice Carnival 2002 & DJ 2003 (Don Juan, the show)
Next: The Possessed (me, Dostoevsky and Camus) -- Fall 2003 Show
[ theatre theory pages: new * 2006 ]
Context * Plot Overview * Characters * Character Analysis * Themes * Scenes * Quotations * Key Facts * Study Questions * Quiz * Further Reading * Notes *