English 166

Special Topics: Engaging the Play—Being the Player


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2010 Gotanda, Philip Kan
Gotanda, Philip Kan
TTh 12:30-2 130 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Nottage, L.: Fabulation Or, The Re-Education of Undine; Ruhl, S.: Dead Man’s Cell Phone; Cruz, N.: Anna In The Tropics; Gotanda, P.: No More Cherry Blossoms; Gotanda, P.: Yankee Dawg You Die; Vogel, P.: How I Learned To Drive; Hwang, D. H.: Yellow Face; Parks, S.: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG; Mamet, D.: Oleanna; Wallace, N.: One Flea Spare. Not yet published: Gotanda, P.: Love In American Times, I Dream Of Chang And Eng, A Fist Of Roses

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 intention of 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 students investigating the on-going rehearsal of I Dream of Chang and Eng, a campus production of Professor Gotanda’s newest work. It is being presented by the Theater, Dance, Performance Studies Department. 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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