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Instructor Info:William MacAdams
Office Extension x6202
TA Info:Tess Ornstein
Brittany Wilson
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
01:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 104
01:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 104
Description: This course will replicate the dynamic, collaborative spirit of a theater company at the beginning of a rehearsal process. There will be two class sessions/week: a rehearsal (class 1) and a play reading (class 2). Plays will change weekly, and will include classic texts and contemporary plays from visionary playwrights from diverse races, identities, and artistic styles. Prior to each reading in class 2, a director will give a presentation of their vision for the piece, a designer will present an initial visual response, and a dramaturg will present dramaturgical approaches. Students' roles will rotate, and it is expected that they play not only the production role that they are most familiar with, but also those they have never played. The course is designed to broaden students' repertoire of plays, to provide actors with vital experience in making strong initial choices, to build dramaturgs' research and presentation skills, and to encourage directors and designers to develop a strong initial vision and communicate it clearly. Prerequisite: A course in acting, directing, design, playwriting, or dramaturgy.