English 166

Special Topics: Engaging the Play: Being the Player


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2011 Gotanda, Philip Kan
Gotanda, Philip
TTh 2-3:30 Note new room: 100 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Cruz, N.: Anna In The Tropics; Wilson, A.: Joe Turners Come And Gone; Ruhl, S.: Dead Man's Cell Phone; Gotanda, P.: No More Cherry Blossoms; Vogel, P.: How I Learned To Drive; Hwang, D.: Yellow Face; Lori-Parks, S.: TopDog/UnderDog; Wallace, N.: One Flea Spare; Gotanda, P.: Yankee Dawg You Die; Letts, T.: Osage County; Baker, A.: Circle Mirror Transformation

Description

The course will explore inventive ways of engaging the theater text.

Students will read from a selection of plays and be expected to give presentations analyzing theme, story, as well as point of view of the playwright. This will be followed with students participating in the actual rehearsing and in-class performing of the discussed plays. This experiencing of the theater process will give insight as to how theater text spoken aloud, put on its feet, performed, can afford another kind of "reading" of what is written on page. The material to be covered will be drawn from contemporary American plays with an emphasis on Asian American themes and Professor Gotanda’s works. It is preferred that students not have a performance background. Grading will be determined by commitment to participation, not “expertise” of performance. Classes will be conducted to allow for a friendly, comfortable performing environment. Study will be supplemented by guest lecturers – live and by skype. The vantage point of Professor Gotanda as a playwright working in contemporary American theater will lend a living, in the field, dynamic to the class.

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