NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Theatre Appreciation

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Theatre Appreciation
    B. Course Number: DR 113 - 10760
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Miles, Nathan
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: nmiles@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH121
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This class is a general introduction to the art of theatre. The aesthetic, practical, and historical dimensions in the unified work of theatre production are explored. Various aspects of study include acting, directing, theatre architecture, set design, dramatic theory, and theatre history. Students will have the opportunity to study this art form from its known origins to modern day. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    Theatre is a powerful art form, which has been pursued by human beings, from our earliest beginnings down to the present day. In one form or another, Theatre pervades almost all aspects of human existance. It is closely linked with history, literature, performance, religion, politics and technology--and this is only a partial list. As one becomes a student of Theatre, one must simultaneously become a student of human beings: past, present and future. This course meets transferability requirements for similar classes at other New Mexico colleges.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    The Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction 4th Edition--by William Missouri Downs; Lou Anne Wright; Erik Ramsey
    ISBN-13: 978-1305954700
    ISBN-10: 130595470X

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Essays = 100pts

    Design Project = 60pts

    Response Papers = 40pts

    Midterm Exam = 50pts

    Final Exam = 50pts

    TOTAL = 300pts

    Daily Attendance/Participation Grade is taken as well.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    1. The student should have a basic understanding of theatre history and its major artists.
    2. The student should be able to define theatre terminology.
    3. The student should be able to discuss their personal reaction to live drama.
    4. The student should be able to discuss what it takes to produce a play.
    5. The student should gain an understanding of and appreciation for the arts, crafts, and professions of the theatre.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    ASSIGNMENT # 1: Theatre and Me
    In a 2 page paper in MLA format, students will discuss their perception of Theatre as an art form. Students should discuss the following:

    1. Their impression of what makes theatre

    2. Is theatre important, why/why not

    Students should finish by discussion either what they hope to get out of this class or, if available, their most meaningful experience in a live theatrical performance.

    Due: Jan. 25


    ASSIGNMENT # 2: Design Project
    This is a group project.
    Students will be split into groups of equal size and be tasked with researching one aspect of the creation of theatre: Playwriting, Acting, Directing, or Design.

    1. Select a noted theatre artist (see categories and artists in the list below)—this may be conducted through a random draw.

    2. Research the life and career of that theatre artist including a minimum of three plays or stage productions they have been involved with.

    3. Construct a PowerPoint presentation (required) that focuses on the life and career of the STAGE WORK of that theatre artist. Information should include biographical information about that artist as well as his/her education, production history, noted works or performances, as well as his/her philosophy or approach to his/her work in the theatre.

    Consider including interviews with the artist in which they talk about their approach or process their craft of project.

    ***Video clips may be included, but not required.

    The slide breakdown is as follows:

    1. Title slide with names of all group members

    2. (2) slides discussing what the subject is, i.e. Playwriting or Directing

    3. (6) slides discussing your prominent figure and their contribution to the subject. Include biographical details, education, production history (resume), noted performances, and their philosophy or approach to their work in theatre.

    4. (4) slides giving visual examples of the work. For example, if students are discussing a Playwright they would display examples of stagings of that artists work. If students are discussing the design process they would give examples of the finished product but also provide rough sketches if available.

    Students will elect a group leader to submit the powerpoint via canvas by the due date.

    LIST OF ACCEPTABLE THEATRE ARTISTS

    Playwrights
    August Wilson, Tony Kushner, Sarah Ruhl, Lorraine Hansberry, Moisés Kaufman

    Actors
    James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Radcliffe, Patrick Stewart, Andrew Garfield

    Actresses
    Kristen Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Bernadette Peters, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep

    Directors
    Harold Prince, Joe Mantello, Bartlett Sher, Julie Taymor, Ivo Van Hove

    Designers
    Paul Tazewell (Costume), Catherine Zuber (Costume), Christopher Akerlind (Light), Kevin Adams (Light), Anna Louizos (Set), Ming Cho Lee (Set), John Lee Beatty (Set)

    Students will elect a group leader to submit the powerpoint via canvas by the due date.

    Presents Feb. 13 and 15


    MIDTERM EXAM
    25 question exam over all material covered in the first half of the semester.

    Exam Open: Mar. 4-8


    ASSIGNMENT #3: Greek Theatre
    This will be a 2-4 page paper in MLA format over the style of Greek Theatre as well as the student's response to the video shown accompanying the lecture. Students should discuss in detail how Greek Theatre provided us with the origin of theatre. This should include:

    1. Discussion of at least one prominent playwright from Greek Theatre

    2. Why Oedipus Rex is considered a perfect example of tragedy

    3. The importance of "catharsis" to Greek drama

    Due: Mar. 15


    ASSIGNMENT #4: Medieval Theatre
    This will be a 2-4 page paper in MLA format that covers Medieval Theatre. Students should pick for discussion two of the following and elaborate on the impact they had on Medieval Theatre:

    1. Festival of Corpus Christi

    2. Pageant Wagons

    3. Mystery Plays

    4. Miracle/Morality Plays

    Also discuss if we still perform any of these plays today and their lasting impact on society.

    Due: Mar. 22


    ASSIGNMENT #5: Shakespeare and the Renaissance
    In a 2-4 page paper in MLA format, students will give a brief history of William Shakespeare and his importance to Elizabethan Theatre and the Renaissance. Students will also discuss the following:

    1. Commedia dell'arte (what is it and where did it come from)

    2. The significance of one of Shakespeare's tragedies (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth)

    Students will finish with a discussion on the lasting impact Shakespeare has had on society and why we still perform his plays today.

    Due: Apr. 5


    FINAL EXAM
    25 question exam over all the material covered in the second half of the semester.

    Final Exam date is May 8 from 12-1:45 PM


    RESPONSE PAPER #1 over Character Lines or Hamlet

    Character Lines performs at Hobbs Community Playhouse at 1700 N Grimes
    February 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8PM and 24 at 2PM
    for tickets: wwww.communityplayersofhobbs.com

    Hamlet performs at Watson Hall RM 105 on the NMJC Campus
    February 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30PM
    for tickets: www.newantiquities.org

    RESPONSE PAPER #2 over Barefoot in the Park or Love Letters

    Barefoot in the Park performs at Hobbs Community Playhouse at 1700 N Grimes
    April 2019
    for tickets: wwww.communityplayersofhobbs.com

    Love Letters performs April 2019
    for tickets and showtimes: www.newantiquities.org

    PRODUCTION RESPONSE PAPERS: GUIDELINES AND SUGGESTIONS

    Students should attach a copy of their program or ticket stub from the performance as proof of attendance. Papers that are turned in without a program or ticket stub will not be graded and therefore not considered as credit for the Production Response Paper.

    The following materials are intended as POSSIBLE APPROACHES which might be used in constructing a Production Response Paper. This paper must be typed on standard (81/2 x 11) white paper, and double-spaced. Please staple these pages. This essay MUST BE 450 to 550 WORDS IN LENGTH.

    NOTE #1: IT ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO SIMPLY EXPRESS YOUR OPINIONS. YOU MUST EXPLAIN "WHY" AND PROVIDE SPECIFIC EVIDENCE FROM THE PRODUCTION TO SUPPORT THE POINTS WHICH YOU MAKE.

    NOTE #2: DO NOT USE ALL SIX APPROACHES IN YOUR PAPER. PICK ONE AND BUILD THE PAPER AROUND THAT.

    NOTE #3: This is a PRODUCTION RESPONSE paper, NOT A PLOT SUMMARY.

    NOTE #4: The student's TICKET STUB or PROGRAM COVER MUST be stapled to the front of this essay to receive full credit on this assignment.

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    1. Goethe's Three Questions for critical evaluation:
    WHAT IS THE PRODUCTION (PLAY) TRYING TO DO?
    HOW WELL DOES IT DO IT?
    IS IT WORTH DOING?

    2. What is your "Gut Response" to this production--favorable or unfavorable or neutral? Explain why you think you feel the way you do. Provide specific evidence from this production to support your opinions. Which character(s) did you find most interesting (or least interesting). Why? What moment or moments seemed to be the most memorable and why.

    3. What made this play particulary successful (or unsuccessful)? What gives this play significance or impact (or the lack of these elements), and what makes it unforgettable (or forgettable)?

    4. Does this play excite our emotions? Does it stimulate the intellect? Does it surprise us? Does it seem complete? Are the characters and the performance of those characters believable? Why or why not?

    5. Examine the acting, the directing, the scenery, costumes, lighting, sound and script. What works and what doesn't work? Explain why and give specific examples supporting the points you make.

    6. Theatre is always tied to the culture from which it grows. In what ways does this production reflect the culture for which it was written and/or the culture for whom it is now being presented?

  10. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  11. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE

    Week 1 (Jan 14-18)
    Course Orientation and Syllabus
    Ch 1 Theatre, Art, and Entertainment

    *Read Ch 2 Stage Versus Screen*

    Week 2 (Jan 21-25)

    NO CLASS JAN 21-MLK Day

    Ch 3 Theatre of the People

    *Read Ch 4 Experiencing and Analyzing Plays*

    ASSIGNMENT #1 Theatre and Me due Jan 25

    Ch 6 The Art of Playwriting
    Examples of Rhythm, Tempo, Sound
    Begin Ch 7 The Art of Acting


    Week 3 (Jan 28-Feb 1)
    Finish Ch 7 The of Acting-Discussion of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, and The Group Theatre
    Ch 8 The Art of Directing-Examples of prominent directors
    Begin Ch 9 The Art of Design

    Week 4 (Feb 4-8)
    Finish Ch 9 The Art of Design
    Begin Design Project Group Work

    Week 5 (Feb 11-15)
    Finish Design Project Group Work

    ASSIGNMENT #2 Design Project due Feb 13 and 15

    Week 6 (Feb 18-22)
    Ch 11 The Musical-The History of Musical Theatre
    Examples of Musical Theatre
    Watch Broadway: the American Musical

    Week 7 (Feb 25-Mar 1)
    Watch Company

    RESPONSE PAPER 1 Character Lines or Hamlet due February 25

    Week 8 (Mar 4-8)
    Ch 12 Theatre Around the World w/ examples from Japanese Theatre
    Japanese Theatre
    Ch 13 The Greeks to the Rise of Christianity
    Watch examples from Tyrone Guthrie Oedipus Rex

    MIDTERM due by Mar 8

    Week 9 (Mar 11-15)
    Ch14 The Dark Ages to the Dawn of the Renaissance
    Discussion of Shakespeare
    Watch examples of Gibson and Branagh Hamlet

    ASSIGNMENT #3 Greek Theatre due Mar 15

    Week 10 (Mar 18-22)
    Watch Much Ado About Nothing

    ASSIGNMENT #4 Medieval Theatre due Mar 22

    Week 11 (Mar 25-29)
    NO CLASS-SPRING BREAK

    Week 12 (Apr 1-5)
    Ch 15 The Renaissance
    Ch 16 The Restoration, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism
    Begin Ch 17 Modern Theatre

    ASSIGNMENT #5 Shakespeare and the Renaissance due Apr 5

    Week 13 (Apr 8-12)
    Discussion of Eugene O'Neill
    Watch American Experience: Eugene O'Neill

    Week 14 (Apr 15-19)
    Finish watching American Experience: Eugene O'Neill
    Theatre of the Absurd w/ examples from Waiting for Godot

    NO CLASS Apr 19-Good Friday

    Week 15 (Apr 22-26)
    Discussion of Miller and Williams
    Discussion of Brechtian Theatre
    Discussion of Experimental Theatre

    RESPONSE PAPER #2 Barefoot in the Park or Love Letters due April 22

    Week 16 (Apr 29-May 3)
    Discussion of Modern to Post-Modern Theatre
    Review for Final Exam

    Final Exam Week
    Final Exam is Wednesday May 8 from 12-1:45PM