THTREMUS 399 - Topics in Drama
Section: 007 StageComedy:Machiavelli-Wilde
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS)
Department: Music: Theatre and Drama
Credits:
4
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is an introductory course in theater-making for those with little or no experience in acting or production. The Winter 2018 version of the course will work in conjunction with the upper-level Drama course, HUMS 482: Director and Text. Students in HUMS 281 will be working with student directors on a series of acting exercises and theater games leading to a midterm performance project based the short dialogues from Love and Information from the contemporary British playwright Caryl Churchill. The second half of the semester will involve work on various one-act plays from the contemporary American comic and surrealistic playwright David Ives. In addition to acting assignments, students will research and report on aspects of their respective roles and, as informed audience members, will critique 2-3 play performances in the Ann Arbor area.

Final performance projects will be chosen by the student directors individually, with the advice and consent of the Instructors. These have ranged from very contemporary works to adaptations of Greek tragedy and Shakespeare.

Course Requirements:

In addition to acting assignments, students will research and report on aspects of their respective roles and, as informed audience members, will critique 2-3 play performances in the Ann Arbor area.

Intended Audience:

No previous theatrical experience necessary. RCHUMS 281 is a required course for the “Text-into-Performance” Minor.

THTREMUS 399 - Topics in Drama
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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25953
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12
 
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MW 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Note: WRITING THE SOLO PIECE FOR PERFORMERS & NONPERFORMERS
003 (REC)
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32120
Open
20
 
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M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: meet with WS 313
007 (SEM)
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20033
Open
26
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: meets with RCHUMS 281.001 in Keene Aud.
008 (SEM)
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20094
Open
13
 
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MWF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
MWF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: class meets in Keene Aud with RCHUMS 482.001
012 (REC)
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28838
Open
8
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
017 (REC)
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24570
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10
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: MEETS W/ENGLISH 346.001 TOPSY-TURVY: THE VICTORIAN WORLD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Created in London between 1871 and 1896, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert (librettist) and Arthur Sullivan (composer) have been widely performed for more than a century. This course introduces students to the late nineteenth-century context of Gilbert and Sullivan?s theatrical collaboration, focusing in particular on aspects of Victorian culture that they parodied through words and music. Each week we will read and discuss one of the ?Savoy? operas, mostly in chronological order, combining selected historical readings with analysis of literary, theatrical, and musical elements. We will also consider the award-winning film, ?Topsy-Turvy,? and attend a live performance presented by the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Throughout the semester we will reflect on the critical and creative possibilities of parody. This course fulfills the Poetry requirement for English majors. It is open to students across all departments. Previous experience with performance is welcome, but not required. Course requirements include regular attendance and active participation in class, weekly short response papers, a longer critical essay (written in several drafts), a creative response, and a reflection on the final writing portfolio. No mid-term, no final exam.
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