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Staging Stoppard and Shakespeare; Reading for Production and Performance

HNRS 2021 Sec. 3 - Spring 2018

Gresdna A. Doty Professor George Judy School of Theatre

Tu Th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
125 M&DA Building

How do the producer, director, designers, technicians and actors of a theatre or film project “read” a script in ways distinct from an audience or literary point of view? Using plays (and film texts) from two of our most important English language playwrights as an entry point, students will explore the critical and creative thinking of theatre professionals by following a production process for Stoppard’s ARCADIA (Swine Palace, winter 2018) from pre-production concerns such as business and marketing models and casting through conceptual meetings that define a production approach, rehearsal, technical design and execution, performance and post-performance critical reception and audience outreach. Informed by the experience of participating in the ARCADIA behind the scenes adventure, students will then create their own performance projects related to Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and the Shakespeare play which inspired that script, HAMLET, as well as the text for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and the plays which informed that film, ROMEO AND JULIET and TWELFTH NIGHT.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition