ERIC Number: ED220889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Can Theatre (Not Drama) Be Taught Over Television? Constructing a Course to Encourage That Possibility.
The goal behind a televised correspondence class in theatre is to expose students to the fact that variety is a magic factor in theater. In the three-unit course, students watch televised videotapes; read the plays, textbook, and teacher-developed study guide; and mail in their completed assignments. The first videotape, "Miss Julie," shows a rehearsal in progress, demonstrating the intricate interplay involved in preparing a production. One study guide assignment is to write a subtext--the character's inner thoughts for a specific page of dialogue. The second play in the course is Ibsen's "Peer Gynt," which focuses on the input of designers, including costume and music design. The second unit of the course focuses on a realism versus surrealism theme, using plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, and Strindberg. The third unit of the class is centered on tragic heroes: Oedipus, Macbeth, Woyzeck, and Saint Joan of Arc. To ensure that the course is one in theatre and not an English department drama course, students should be involved in the decision-making process of any theatrical production, exposed to potential variations within a script, and encouraged to develop their critical faculties. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (New York, NY, August 15-18, 1982).