This course is designed to expose students to the wide and unique variety of theater available in the Twin Cities with a conscious emphasis on mission specific theater companies such as Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things, Penumbra, Mixed Blood, etc. which practice color blind/color conscious casting. Through lecture, discussion, and play attendance at professional and semi-professional venues, students will acquire the skills to critically analyze and appreciate theater and its components. Early classes and on-line links/supporting materials are provided for navigating each play experience. Students will respond to each performance through one of several approaches, depending on the type of play attended.
- Develop the critical and analytical skills to articulate and defend an informed judgement about theater and explore ones personal, societal and spiritual connections to it.
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the aesthetic principals that guide or govern live theater performance as to enhance personal enjoyment of this unique and shared experience.
- Examine the contributions of various theater artists and demonstrate a vocabulary of theater terms.
- Compare and contrast dramatic elements of selected play scripts with live performance interpretations.
- Analyze the structure of a dramatic argument as made manifest in the theater.
- Evaluate the playwrights point of view.