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  • 1. Art Of Drama ENG 245 R 1
  • 2. Art Of Drama ENG 245 R 1 DAYS(S)/ HOURS: Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:00 AM-12:20 PM LOCATION: WCCC Main Building / E207 Class Web Site: http://web.me.com/ascurato/Art_Of_Drama/Welcome.html Instructor: Bill Scurato Campus Phone: 908-835-2310 (Donna DePalma, Academic Services) email: ascurato@gmail.com (preferred) ascurato@warren.edu Office Hours: By appointment
  • 3. Art Of Drama ENG 245 R 1
  • 4. Universal symbol for theatre: They represent the comedy and tragedy masks that were worn in ancient Greece - during the golden age, around 500 - 300 BC. They also represent duality.
  • 5. Our Mission: To consider theatre as an art form For our purposes in this class: Art is the process or product of deliberately and creatively What is art? arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. The artist’s duty: “It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man. It can be one of the props; the pillars to William Faulkner help him endure and prevail.”
  • 6. JFK at Amherst on the politics of art
  • 7. Our Mission: To consider theatre as an art form What are the elements or media of the the arts?
  • 8. What is Drama? Video store visit....... For starters........ ‘Drama’ is an Ancient Greek word meaning ‘act’ or ‘deed’. The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle used this term in a very influential treatise called the Poetics. In this text, Aristotle classified different forms of poetry according to basic features he thought could be commonly recognized in their composition. He used the term ‘drama’ to describe poetic compositions that were ‘acted’ in front of audiences in a theatron.
  • 9. Panoramic view of the Greek theater at Epidaurus
  • 10. While Aristotle offered drama as a general term to describe forms of poetry that were ‘acted’, he identified different types of composition within this category, including comedy and tragedy. He regarded comedy as a form of drama because it represented acts that made audiences laugh and he considered tragedy a form of drama because it represented acts that made audiences feel pity or fear.
  • 11. The Roman theorist Horace introduced another view of these poetic forms when he suggested that their purpose was to either delight or instruct.
  • 12. Although various definitions and developments in drama must be considered in addition to Aristotle’s original assessment of dramas, many of the terms of classification he introduced are still used or debated today.
  • 13. It began in Greece.......
  • 14. Mutual Interview Introduce your partner to the class. Discover his/her likes dislikes, goals, etc. Focus particularly on any theatrical or artistic preferences.
  • 15. Dramatic Elements To Be Considered: • Plot/Rising Action • Setting • Climax • Characters • Resolution • Motivation • Theme • Dialogue • Motif • Conflict (recurring thematic element) • Symbols
  • 16. To also consider....... Drama is written to be performed Theatre/drama is a collaborative process which includes: • The Writer • The Director • The Actors • The Scene Designers • The Lighting Designers • The Production Crews
  • 17. So what is our charge in ENG 245 R 1? ........to read, envision, imagine, interpret, analyze, assess, critique, experience ........a selection of American plays. .......from the perspective of focused study and critical thought.
  • 18. Assessment: GRADING SYSTEM Grade Points A = 90-100 B+ = 87-89 B = 80-86 C+ = 77-79 C = 70-76 D = 60-69 F = Below 60 WP = Withdrawal passing WF = Withdrawal failing WX = Administrative Withdrawal AU = Audit
  • 19. Assessment: Activity Description Individual or small group presentation Final Project highlighting a particular theatre work or theatre innovator. It should define the major contributions of the work or subject(s). This should be a fifteen to twenty minute presentation, accompanied by 2-3 page summary with citations. (20% of final grade. Rubric to follow.) Participation Active participation in class forums and group assignments. (40% of final grade) Mid Term & Comprehensive in-class essay tests based Final Exams on covered material. (40% of final grade)
  • 20. Jan 21, 2009 Syllabus/ Art of Drama Overview Jan 26, 2009 Death of a Salesman Jan 28, 2009 Death of a Salesman Tentative Schedule: Feb 2, 2009 Death of a Salesman Feb 4, 2009 The Grapes of Wrath Feb 9, 2009 The Grapes of Wrath Feb 11, 2009 Inherit The Wind Feb 16, 2009 Inherit The Wind Feb 18, 2009 You Can’t Take It With You Feb 23, 2009 You Can’t Take It With You Feb 25, 2009 Mid-Term Exam Mar 2, 2009 The Teahouse Of The August Moon Mar 4, 2009 The Teahouse Of The August Moon Mar 9, 2009 Uncommon Women And Others Mar 11, 2009 Uncommon Women And Others Mar 23, 2009 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Mar 25, 2009 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Mar 30, 2009 The Rainmaker Apr 1, 2009 The Rainmaker Apr 6, 2009 Our Town Apr 8, 2009 Our Town Apr 13, 2009 Sunday In The Park With George Apr 15, 2009 Sunday In The Park With George
  • 21. DEATH OF A SALESMAN Dramatists Play Service Price: $7.50 ISBN/Code: 978-0-8222-0290-5 Tel- 212-683-8960 INHERIT THE WIND Fax- 212-213-1539 Price: $7.50 Dramatists Play Service, Inc. ISBN/Code: 978-0-8222-0570-8 Customer Service Dept. THE GRAPES OF WRATH 440 Park Avenue South Price: $7.50 New York, NY 10016 ISBN/Code: 978-0-8222-0475-6 THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON Price: $7.50 ISBN/Code: 978-0-8222-1114-3 UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS Price: $7.50 ISBN/Code: 978-0-8222-1192-1 YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Price: $7.50 ISBN/Code: 978-0-8222-1287-4
  • 22. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest ~ Dale Wasserman from Ken Kesey - Samuel French Inc. M17,F5 45 West 25th Street New York, NY 10010-2751 ISBN-10: 0573613435 ISBN-13: 9780573613432 Phone (212) 206-8990 Fax (212) 206-1429 Our Town Thornton Wilder ISBN: 0573613494 / 0-573-61349-4 The Rainmaker N. Richard Nash ISBN 10: 057361461X ISBN 13: 9780573614613
  • 23. ValoreBooks.com Sunday in the Park With George by Stephen Sondheim ISBN-10: 1557830681 Addition Resource: ISBN-13: 9781557830685 Drama Book Shop, Inc. 250 W. 40th St. New York, NY 10018 Tel: (212) 944-0595 Fax: (212) 730-873 http://www.dramabookshop.com
  • 24. Revisit: Dramatic Elements To Be Considered: • Plot/Rising Action • Setting • Climax • Characters • Resolution • Motivation • Theme • Dialogue • Motif • Conflict • Symbols
  • 25. A change in any one of these factors can impact some or all of the others. It may also dictate a total differentiation in the eventual product of the work. • Plot/Rising Action • Setting • Climax • Characters • Resolution • Motivation • Theme • Dialogue • Motif • Conflict Symbols
  • 26. In your group, prepare two presentations of each of the following scenes. Consider the variation in the dramatic elements for each presentation. A. You’re late. A: Hey. B: Hello. B. I know. I couldn’t A: Do you want a mint? help it. B: No thanks. A. I understand. A: Sure. B: Wait, why? B. I thought you would. A: No special reason. A. I have something to give B: Oh. you. A: Want one? B. Really? B: OK, thanks. A: Thank you. A. Yes, this.
  • 27. For Next Time: Monday, January 26 Read Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller