Theater Appreciation


Do you enjoy “an evening at the theater” but want to
know more about what you are seeing? Have you ever
wondered if knowing the historical context of a play, a
theater company or a style would help you better enjoy
a production? If so, this is the class for you! Through a
timed series of readings and guided discussions, we will
educate ourselves as members of the audience at three
local theater productions by three different companies.

One week we will read or discuss a play or its source
material and explore it from a literary, dramatic and
historical point of view. After seeing the production, we
will come back the following week to explore what we
saw, while considering performance style, technique
and production values. Discussions of the plays and the
productions will be facilitated by an instructor not only
trained in theater history and dramatic theory, but also
experienced as a director and dramaturg.

Class discussions will focus primarily on local productions
of the selected plays. Students are responsible for
buying their own tickets.

Everybody by Branden Jacob-Jenkins at
Shakespeare Theater (see by October 22)
Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill at Signature
Theater (see before it closes November 3)
Amadeus by Peter Schaeffer at Folger Theater
(see by November 19)

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