This isn’t your average, boring Theatre History course. In this fun, gossipy but fact-based, playwright-interview-centered course, Pandora takes the students through from Ancient Egyptian Theatre history to Modern day contemporary realism and postmodernism. We’ll center each class on a play or two that represents the movement or style in theatre history, talk about how those plays were received in their time period and discuss the playwrights who wrote those plays. They’ll be a lot of behind-the-scenes stories and theatre folk lore included in this course.
We’ll go through the Greeks, the Romans, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, into the Restoration to the rise of Realism and then through Surrealism, American Realism, Expressionism, Feminist Drama, Post-Modernism and more!
Sample of topics covered in this course: Aristotle and his love of all things Sophocles, the death of theatre when Rome fell, the rise of theatre through the Church, Shakespeare: the man we know nothing about, Emile Zola: who really invented realism?, Henrik Ibsen, the unintentional feminist, Pirandello: Why write when there is no sense in the world?, Eugene O’Neil: America’s first professional playwright, Arthur Miller: American Realism defined, Tennessee Williams: the man, the playwright, the rebel, Edward Albee: at the Intersection of Absurdism and Realism, Caryl Churchill: What the heck is feminist drama?, David Mamet: Heightened language in Contemporary playwriting, Suzan-Lori Parks and Tony Kushner: Post-Modern playwriting.
Students will come away from this course with a comprehensive understanding of basic theatre history and will memorable anecdotes and facts about playwrights and their theatrical styles.
None, First Year Conservatory students are required to take Theatre History
Class is once a week for 1.5 hours
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