Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Play's the Thing

We talk an awful lot about composition here, which is great, but I'd like to switch gears a bit. What are some of your favorite contemporary dramas to teach in a Composition and Literature or Introduction to Literature course?


At 8:20 PM, Blogger jocalo said...

I typically assign a Shakespeare play or something from one of the Greeks, and then pair it with whatever is playing locally during that term that might work with the classic piece. Then I have the class attend the local performance when we're doing drama. For many of my students, that's the first live play they've ever attended.

We have an active theatre group in Palo Alto, another in Mountain View, as well as Sunnyvale and San Jose. And Stanford usually does a couple plays in the spring, as does Foothill College. Often this means I read and see a play for the first time, which means I don't have lots of set approaches that I have developed with more classic pieces.

At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

clc--what are your favorites? I'm dodging your question because I haven't taught drama in any course I've taught, and I'm aware that I need to start looking around.

Rosa G

At 7:00 PM, Blogger clc said...

Hee. I asked the question because I haven't either, but I am looking for something to teach in the fall :-)

At 10:58 PM, Blogger J. said...

I had lots of fun teaching "Six Characters in Search of an Author" by Luigi Pirandello in a World Lit. class last semester. It's fairly short and funny (and punny) while exploring a serious issue-- fixed identity versus potential fluidity of characters. It is a great play for exploring some elements of drama including throwing the traditional notion of audience on its head. The characters enter down the aisle and then the actors and the director become the audience. It's really a fun piece; the students enjoyed it and so did I.

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