RCHUMS 280 - Introduction to Drama and Theatre
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RCHUMS 281.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course aims to introduce students to the power and variety of theatre, and to help them understand the processes which go toward making a production. Five to seven plays will be subjects of special study, chosen to cover a wide range of style and content, but interest will not be confined to these. Each student will attend two lectures weekly, plays a two-hour meeting in section each week; the latter will be used for questions, discussions, exploration of texts, and other exercises. Students will be required to attend two or more theatre performances, chosen from those available in Ann Arbor. Three papers are required plus a final examination.

Required Texts: available at the Shaman Drum and on reserve at the Shapiro:

  • The Essential Theatre, Oscar Brockett
  • Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
  • The Piano Lesson, August Wilson
  • The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein
  • Dream on Monkey Mountain, Derek Walcott


  • Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  • and other online readings as assigned

Course Objectives

  1. To determine what "theatre" and "drama" have meant at different times in history and what they mean now, and to do so by examining landmark plays in their theatrical and social contexts.
  2. To gain a fundamental understanding of how each of the theatre's constituent arts (acting, directing, design, playwriting, architecture) contributes to the making of a theatrical whole.
  3. To develop a sense of how theatre is a discipline without clear boundaries and how other practices intersect with and shape theatrical performance.

RCHUMS 280 - Introduction to Drama and Theatre
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001 (REC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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