Spring 2022

Three, Two, One: Reading Small Drama

Listed in: English, as ENGL-231

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)

Faculty

Christopher A. Grobe (Section 01)

Description

How small can drama get while remaining “dramatic”? During the first half of the twentieth century, it was not unusual for a stage in America (or anywhere in the English-speaking world) to be filled with dozens of actors. Over the last sixty years, though, the crowds onstage have thinned. Today, three-, two-, and even one-person plays are as common as twenty-person plays once were. In this course, we will study the work of playwrights who have found new inspiration within these tight constraints.

As a foundational course in drama, this course will teach you the special skills involved in reading plays. As texts meant to be interpreted and staged by theater-makers, plays are radically under-determined things. So, you cannot sit back and play the role of audience. You must also do the imaginative work of all those people–actors, directors, designers, etc.–who turn a play into a performance. This course will teach you the habits of mind that make this imaginative work possible.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Grobe.

If Overenrolled: First preference to English majors who need a 200-level course; next preference to students who have not declared a major but have taken a 100-level course in English; others admitted by seniority, with preference to Theater & Dance majors.

Keywords

Attention to Writing

Offerings

2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Fall 2016, Spring 2022