The aim of the course is to provide a practical approach to the genre of drama, i.e. to observe the texts of plays as rough material for theatrical productions. During the semester, we will be concentrating on plays from various periods of the theatre, first analyzing them from a theoretical point of view and then accounting for potential stage realizations. Students are expected to prepare with an approximately 20-30-minute-long presentation from the assigned play, where they first present their views, and then elaborate on how they would convey this interpretation through the stage to the audience.
The presentations should not aim at providing an overall concept for staging the play in question. Rather, students are expected to focus on one specific matter, e.g. a motif, the development of a character, a specific scene, etc. and give a comprehensive, detailed, theatre-conscious elaboration of that aspect. Each presentation is to be followed by in-class discussion.
The plays we will cover include:
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
Gombrowicz: Ivona, Princess of Burgundia
Dürrenmatt: The Visit
Pinter: The Birthday Party
The final grade is evaluated on the basis of the following percentages: