After 2009 : auto-pilot!
[ FAQ to myself ]


2007 Dramlit Class : Bedford Textbook =
When the student is ready, the master appears. ~Buddhist Proverb Outline of the page-chapter 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.


2005 Fall * THR215 Dramlit (read the posts @ Forum archives).
The Possessed 2003


Midterm? 6 pp. paper (min): A few Themes of One playwright.

Final paper (10-12 pp.): Compare Two (or more) playwrights.


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).

[ from The Compare And Contrast Of Oedipus And Hamlet :

"200 words" (min) : 250 words per page double spaced : responce/reaction posts : themes





revenge idea


[ and longer papers : homework pages ]

Participation – Seminar courses depend on the active participation of the members of the seminar for their success. Participation will be evaluated on preparedness for class and the quality of individual contributions.

Are currently enrolled in a THR UAF course this semester?
As such, you have been added to the Blackboard version of THR 191 - normally a "0" credit course for Theatre Majors.
Please go to: and sign in to blackboard (instructions are there if you don't know how to do it).
Click on the Course THR 191 - Auditioning and Portfolio Review.
There are two items of major interest for you to consider, please.
1) Go to the "Assignments" section, and complete the "Incoming Assessment Survey". UAF has required that we collect this data from all of our students at the beginning of each semester, so please fill it out once at your EARLIEST convenience (how about right now?) - please by Tuesday, September 21 - but by Monday would be super. You only need to complete it once per semester, no many how many Theatre courses you're enrolled in.
This is different than previous assessments, because Blackboard will keep your individual answers anonymous (though I can tell WHO filled one out, I only get the answers compiled) and we're hoping this can generate the statistics we need automatically (in the past, someone from the box office staff had to sit there are re-enter all the info - what a drag).
2) Under the calendar, all the show information (performances, not rehearsals and such) have been added for your information. You may add your own calendar items, which no one else can see, if you wish.
Please do this right away.

2005 Fall -- THR215 Dramatic Literature :

Part 1. Oedipus

Part 2. Hamlet

Part 3. Chekhov (Cherry Orchsrd) and High Modernism

Part 4. Postmodern: Becket

Part 5. Writing

Main & 2005 THR215 * Antiquity I * Modern Times II * High Modern (Realism) III * Postmodern (Absurdism) IV * V *
FAQ page * other "service pages": * 2006


from biblio page: modern drama

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+ references

+ links

+ list

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Who is this "cyber-student"?

I don't know.

I started the webpages for myself -- and my live students. We are the minority.

I have to think about the cyber-users...


Thousands of them every day.

Who are you?

... [webmaster]



Dramatic Literature 2005 updates *

Cyber-students, start at the low division class pages. Before reading the webpages in this directory, study 200X Aesthetics and Dramlit.
Surf through the main directory, before subscribing to to the DramLit (if you are in my live class, must subscribe).

2003 (new) THR413 Playscript Analysis LESSONS (24):

Part 1. Craft

Part 2. Art

Part 3. Theory

Part 4. Writing

addresses (sample): -- part I, lesson 1 [and so on]


[ not updated, 2007 ]

* Fall 2003 THR413 (see new subdirectory)

Three Parts: Craft, Art, Theory

Drama Analysis for Theatre Majors

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

First, read -- core aesthetics!

[ textbook index page ]

ShowCases -- selected playwrights!

[ * Additional critiques of outside theatrical productions may be submitted for extra credit ]


[ other "students" pages in acting, directing ]

Next: papers
your reading responses:

Focus on what you are thinking, feeling, and responding to as you read, rather than on a polished style. This is writing you do for yourself, so it can be informal.
To practice analysis and move beyond description, direct part of your response to issues of context, purpose, or language, all of which can help you assign meanings to a text.
Ask yourself critical questions about the traditionally significant parts of a text, such as introductions and conclusions. What kinds of expectations does the introduction raise, for example? Is the author’s purpose (or purposes) clear? How does the conclusion contribute to the overall meaning of the text?
Keep in mind questions that will help you link what you are reading to past or prior knowledge, questions that will help you check for both involvement with and critical distance from the text, such as “What associations can I make to past experience?” and “In what ways does the text help me to restructure past experience or rethink an issue?”
Try to make some connections between the reading you have been assigned and the course of study you are taking. How does a specific reading relate to the theory or concepts of the course as a whole?

Rehner, Jan. Practical Strategies for Critical Thinking. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. p.48-49

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


Sample from in class playwrighting:

Baby Dumpsters
By Sarah Vaillancourt

College Girl- 18yrs old,pregnant for the 1st time
College Boy- 21yrs old, impregnator of College Girl
Single Mother- late 30’s, pregnant again
Radio Announcer- flashy, all smiles
News Reporter
3 Radio Commercial singers 
Dead Babies

College Dorm Room. College Girl and College Boy are sitting on the bed. There are many pregnancy tests on the desk next to the bed.

College Boy: Are you sure?

College Girl: sighs Yes.

College Boy: Are you going to get an…

College Girl: …no

College Boy: why not?

College Girl: it’s against my beliefs. I just won’t go home for winter break. And we can put it up for adoption before I go home for the summer.

College Boy: good.

The sound of multiple children crying and screaming is heard. We see Single Mother sitting at a kitchen table with pregnancy test in front of her.

Single Mother: Shit. Not again. Crying gets louder. Mommy’s coming! She picks up the pregnancy test throws it in the trash, and scurries out of the room.

Nine Months Later we see College Girl in the same position this time she is holding an infant and College Boy is gone. One the other side Single Mother is sitting in the same place this time holding an infant. The radio is playing.

The Solution

Suddenly the Radio Announcer pops out of a large dumpster from up center. The Radio Announcer is very dapper looking. After he is out of the dumpster the 3 Radio Commercial Singers pop out of the dumpster. They are dressed in evening gowns.

3 Radio Commercial Singers: (to the tune of Smile from Annie) D-UM-P your baby… do do do do do- do do do do do- do do do do do do do

Radio Announcer:

	 Hey Ladies there
			Life isn’t fair
			But now you can smile
			Cause mothers you’ll never be depressed
			Give us your child

			God doesn’t care (to College Girl)
			I wouldn’t dare-
			Keep another child (to Single Mother)
			But mothers you’ll never be depressed 
Give us your child

Singing turns into a muffled tune and we see the College Girl place the baby on the bed she then goes to the closet gets a towel wraps the baby in the towel. She then walks outside to the dumpster and hands the baby to one of the Radio Commercial Singers who violently drops the baby. We then see the Single Mother go to a drawer in the kitchen and pull out a clear trash bag. She then places goes for a walk and places the baby in the dumpster.

News Reporter stands in front in “baby dumpster” there is a line leading off stage of women holding infants.

News Reporter: You may have heard about the latest trend of baby dumping, but I’m here on the scene to tell you it’s true. Women around the nation are disposing their unwanted infants in dumpsters. We have been assured by the new dumpster corporation “Baby Dumpsters Inc.” that these receptacles are for infants only. No need to worry about disposing your child in a messy food-trash –liquor filled dumpster. You can now dispose your baby safely! And if you dump your unwanted child this week you get a years salary since that’s what you would have lost if you kept your child!!!

Everything is O.K

All we see is the dumpster suddenly we see a few of the Dead Babies.

Dead Babies: to the tune of Tomorrow from Annie
	If I’m stuck with a day that’s gray or lonely
	I just stick out my chin and grin and say…

	I got in the way, I’m sorry	
	You made the right decision don’t you worry
	I’ll be fine
	In the dumpster, the dumpster
	The new Baby Dumpster
	It’s only a block away

	In the dumpster, the dumpster
	The new Baby Dumpster
	It’s only a block a……way.

End Scene