This course explores the process of directing plays for the stage. Studio exercises develop skills in key areas: interpretation of form and artistic intent, perception and sensibility in rehearsal, effective communication with actors, and balancing the interplay between action and text. Students stage scenes from distinct categories: plays in verse, realistic plays, and non-realistic or less literal modern and contemporary plays. Emphasis is placed on the role of dramaturgical understanding in the creation of meaningful stage action. Text is chosen from a wide repertoire, including Euripides, Shakespeare, Molière, Chekov, Williams, Shepherd, Kushner, Kane and McDonagh. The course culminates in a group directed ensemble piece. Throughout, students engage in reflective writing and practical research assignments, and manage class work with peers to achieve mutual rehearsal goals. Class meetings include discussion of theoretical readings and play texts. Two meetings per week. Students should expect to schedule significant outside rehearsal time.
Requisites: Two of the following--THDA 111, 112 or 113. Fall semester. Professor Bashford.
One or more of the requisites may be taken concurrently with this course and count as requisites. Exceptions to the requisites may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Five College students and Amherst students who lack the specific requisites but would like to explore their readiness for this course (particularly intended Theater and Dance majors) should write to the instructor prior to the first day of class regarding exceptions.