RCHUMS 481 - Play Production Seminar
Section: 001 Beckett and Pinter
Term: WN 2012
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May be elected three times for credit.
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This team-taught play production seminar will be devoted to the works of the major modern playwrights Samuel Beckett and his successor and ‘disciple’ Harold Pinter, both recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1969 and 2005 respectively. Their careers will be examined in detail and a selection of their major plays (for Beckett: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, and Krapp’s Last Tape; for Pinter: The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Old Times, and Betrayal) will be approached through discussion and short written analyses, the viewing of select video productions, but primarily through exploratory scene-work leading to a midterm performance. An original program of Beckett and Pinter pieces will evolve from the work of the seminar and be produced in the Keene Theater of the Residential College at the end of the semester. This production will more than likely be drawn from the numerous short, late works of both playwrights (for Beckett: Rockaby, That Time, Catastrophe, etc.; for Pinter: Mountain Language, One for the Road, New World Order, etc.), although full-length plays might also be considered. All students will participate in this culminating production in some capacity, whether as actors, directors, designers, or dramaturges (literary/research specialists).

For more information contact Prof. Mendeloff at mendelof@umich.edu or Prof. Walsh at narenlob@umich.edu.

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Intended Audience:

Students from all parts of the University are welcome.
RC HUMS 481 is not restricted to Residential College students. It serves as the upper level requirement for both the LS&A’s Drama major and its “Text-into-Performance” minor.

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RCHUMS 481 - Play Production Seminar
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001 (SEM)
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23418
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MWF 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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