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Instructor Info:Talya Kingston
Office Extension x5748
TA Info:Nicole Daniels
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2

This course will explore the creation and ethics of documentary drama. Concentrating on contemporary American repertory, students will read and analyze the works of Peter Weiss, Anna Deavere Smith, Eve Ensler and The Tectonic Theater Project amongst others. Students will also have the opportunity to research, edit and perform oral histories and historical documents, learning first hand the responsibilities of representing a 'real' story on stage.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation will be based on four main criteria:

1) class participation - come to class on time and ready to discuss readings or participate in exercises. 

2) completion on time of all on-line responses and a self-evaluation at the end of the course.

3) a well researched and argued analytical paper submitted on the last day of class.

4) the performance of a short original documentary drama as part of our class showcase.

Additional Info:

PERFORMANCE DATES (please keep the following evenings free):

October 3 - open reading of The Lonely Soldier Project in the Hampshire Music & Dance Recital Hall

Nov 9 or 10 - immersive staging of The Lonely Soldier Project in downtown Northampton.

Nov 15 - Capers by Anu Yadev, performed at Hampshire EDH mainstage.

Dec 5 - class performance at Hampshire.


Additional (not required) performances and resources:

National Touring Exhibit titled "Why Guantanamo?" will be at UMass Herter Gallery, Sept 11-Oct 11.  Featuring testimonies and interactive features, as well as live panal discussions.

website to check out: "Humans of New York" - examples of brief insights prompted by a sesitive photographer using good open questions.