Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

DRA 306 Text/Performance/Adaptation(RLA)

4 hours; 4 credits. An advanced course in theatrical literature and performance. Students will read three foundational Western plays from each of three historical contexts during which theatrical production was especially intense and innovative; Athenian, Renaissance, and the mid-20th century avant-garde, or equivalents. These plays provide a platform from which to understand how these texts have generated new work across cultural, temporal, geopolitical and affective frames. The course moves through the practice of reading the traditional and classic "play" to its inter-connective and inter-textual qualities as performance at multiple sites and situations. Students will both be exposed to these foundational plays and understand their complexities as active, social and performed entities. Prerequisite: DRA 140 and (DRA 272 or DRA 273 or DRA 274).