This course surveys major movements in the performance of Shakespeare's plays over 350 years since the reopening of the theaters in 1660, examining how the scripts take on new aesthetic forms, acquire different cultural status, and generate different meanings for each period and artist. Topics include the transformation of the plays' original stagecraft when performed on proscenium stages, within romantic decor, using pictorial narrative devices, and after the naturalist revolution; heroic, romantic, and "emotional realistic" acting (particularly since the advent of Stanislavsky); performance and politics; editing, adaptation, and censorship; the rise of the director; the reintroduction of the "open" stage; the "original practices" movement; international and foreign language performance; and post-modernism.
Shakespearean Performance History
THAR-275-402 Cross Listed with ENGL-256-401
TR 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM
BFS Sector III
THAR-279-401 Cross listed with ENGL-356-401
TR 12:00 -1:30
BFS Sector III
What is “feminist theatre?” This course will examine a wide array of performance pieces by and about women, in turn serious, hilarious, outrageous, poignant—and always provocative. How can theatre provoke not only thought and feeling, but also social, political, and personal change? We will focus on both plays and performance art pieces, which we will read and/or view onstage or on film. These readings/viewings will be contextualized with material on feminist theatre theory and history. The class will also take full advantage of events occurring on campus and in Philadelphia during the course of the semester. Highlights will include the FringeArts Festival in late summer, which always offers provocative performances from around the world (titles are not yet announced); the class will also feature invited guest speakers and artists.