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Theatre History

Course NumberCOM 216W
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2. Introduces the student to the various historical areas of the theatre, from the ancient Greeks to the present. Emphasizes the development of the physical theatre, representative playwrights, and the development of actor and the director. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Discover the various periods of theatrical history from the early Greeks through the modern playwrights.
Objectives:
  1. Identify the characteristics of the following historical periods of theatre history: Greek and Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, 1660-1875, Modern, Contemporary, Ethnic.
  2. Read and analyze representative plays from each historical period studied.

Discover the differences and growth of the physical structures used for presenting plays from the early Greeks through the present time.
Objectives:
  1. Identify the physical characteristics of the Greek and Roman theatre.
  2. Describe the Medieval theatre staging areas.
  3. Describe the Renaissance theatre.
  4. Relate the history of the Globe theatre.
  5. Describe the growth of the stage from 18th-19th-20th centuries.
  6. Describe the different types of staging areas in use in modern day theatre.

Discover playwrights that are representative of the historical periods represented.
Objectives:
  1. Describe Sophocle's use of tragedy in the play Oedipus the King.
  2. Describe Plautus' use of comedy in The Braggart Warrior.
  3. Compare the different functions of comedy in democratic Greece and autocratic Rome.
  4. Discover the importance of early English Drama by studying The Second Shepherd's Play.
  5. Analyze Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  6. Discover the Comedy of Manners by studing Moliere's The Misanthrope.
  7. Analyze the importance of realism by studying Checkhov's Uncle Vanya.
  8. Look critically at the theatre of social Problems by studying Isben's Hedda Gabler.
  9. Discover the Theatre of the Absurd by studying Priandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.
  10. Analyze Modern American Drama using Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night.
  11. Discover contemporary theatre using Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

Discover the importance of the emergence of the director and how this relates to and has changed modern theatre.
Objectives:
  1. Describe who functioned as director for the following plays: Oedipus the King, The graggart Warrior, The Second Sheperd's Play, The Misanthrope, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Waiting for Godot.
  2. Discover the historical period that an actual director emerged with that title.

Discover the similarities and differences of the roles of actors during the various periods of history from the Greeks through modern theatre.
Objectives:
  1. Describe the use of actors and actresses in the following plays: Oedipus the King, The Braggart Warrior, The Second Sheperd's Play, The Misanthrope, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Waiting for Godot.
  2. Describe the differences and similarities in the evolution of acting styles throughout the historical period studied using the above plays.

Utilize writing to promote learning of all of the above Outcomes and Objectives.
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