Fall 2012

Plays in Play: The Ensemble and the Playwright

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-242


Ron Bashford (Section 01)


In this course, students conduct a semester-long rehearsal investigation into the work of a particular playwright, and explore ways in which coordinated action renders distinctive writing in theatrical form.  We will examine selected plays, background material, and study theatrical conventions related to the selected playwright, and we will  practice ensemble techniques of close textual investigation, acting and staging.  Emphasis is placed on the means and practical advantages of developing a shared vision, and on the analytical and performative ways of communicating required to do so.  While primarily geared toward students interested in acting and directing, the course is designed to develop a collaborative model of the functions of acting, directing, designing and dramaturgy.  All students should expect to act, co-direct, conduct research, and explore basic design implications together.  The course will culminate in a workshop-style performance.  This course may be repeated once when the playwright/topic is different.  The chosen playwright for fall of 2012 is Molière. 

Requisite: A prior course in THDA or permission of the instructor. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Bashford. 


Artistic Practice, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Required Books to Purchase

Submitted by Ron Bashford on Saturday, 9/1/2012, at 9:49 AM
The following books should be purchased for this course.  They will be available at Amherst Books or you may purchase them via Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble online, etc.
We will be using the first two books in the list right away.
ISBN: 978-1557831095
One-Act Comedies of Moliere: Seven Plays (Actor's Moliere Vol. 4) [Paperback]
Applause Books; Revised edition (June 1, 2000)
Moliere; Albert Bermel
ISBN: 978-1559362856
The Actor and the Target: New Edition [Paperback]
Theatre Communications Group; Revised edition (September 1, 2006)
Declan Donnellan
ISBN: 978-0156605175
The Misanthrope and Tartuffe [Paperback]
Mariner Books (October 20, 1965)
Moliere; Richard Wilbur
ISBN: 978-0881452051
The Misanthrope [Paperback]
Broadway Play Pub (March 30, 2004)
Constance Congdon; Moliere