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Instructor Info:Ellen Donkin
Office Extension x6245
TA Info:Lizzy Dorrell
Jack Spagnola
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5

Our work in this course will be more or less equally divided between reading plays and writing a one-act. The plays we read, which will include a wide variety of playwrights, will inform our exercise work even as they deepen and extend our sense of drama as a form. We will be paying particular attention to the way character is revealed through dialogue, ways to unfold exposition, segmentation of dramatic action, and how dialogue is shaped by character activity.

The Plays:  GHOST LIGHT (draft will be provided), DETROIT by Lisa D'Amour, LILY PLANTS A GARDEN by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, HABITAT by Judith Thompson, CHINGLISH by David Henry Hwang, and ARCADIA by Tom Stoppard.  All the plays except GHOST LIGHT will be available at the Hampshire College Bookstore.  We will be using the specific editions offered for class readings.

The performances:  You are required to see THREE productions this semester here at Hampshire:  you can pick from Deen's show DRAW THE CIRCLE, Lizzy Dorrell's show THE TOMMORROW PROJECT (in the Red Barn), Jimmy Lovett's play THE GHOST OF DURHAM HALL, and Courtney Price's show THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE.  Tickets can be reserved over the internet.  Talk to Lizzy and Jack about how to make reservations.  See me if you have a serious conflict so we can arrange for you to see something else.