Introduction to Theatre
What is theatre? For whom—and by whom—is it created and performed? What does it take to “make theatre”? What is the role of theatre in society and in our culture(s)? This course is an introduction to theatre as a unique art form. We will learn to read plays as scripts designed for performance. This summer, live viewing of productions will be a special feature of the course, as our class schedule will facilitate group visits to Philadelphia theatres. Among the pieces we will read, see, and study are Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty at the Philadelphia Theatre Company; Athol Fugard’s The Island at the Lantern Theatre Company; and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. We will examine the roles of actor, director, designer, and playwright; we will look back at moments in the theatrical past—and forward to new ways of thinking about performance.