RCHUMS 382 - Moliere and His Theatre
Section: 001 Commedia dell'arte Workshop
Term: WN 2014
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Advisory Prerequisites:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course combines exciting Theatre History with a rigorous practical workshop in the improvised masked comedy of the Italian Renaissance. The twice weekly workshop will include:

  • Early scene work in the Molière farces The Flying Doctor and The Imaginary Cuckold.
  • Individual development of one of the traditional characters or “masks” (Pantalone, Arlecchino, Columbina, il Capitano, etc.)
  • The basics of physical comedy and the invention of bits of comic “business” — the lazzi.
  • Improvisational work on a 16th-century scenario, “The Dentist.”
Our final performance will involve creating and performing an original scenario out of Grazzini’s Story of Doctor Manente (1549), the narrative of an elaborate practical joke (beffa) played upon an annoying parasite by Lorenzo de Medici.

RCHUMS 382 - Moliere and His Theatre
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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