Catherine B. Stevenson  
email: stevenson@mail.hartford.edu 
Phone: 860/768-5103

Texts: Wilson and Goldfarb, Living Theatre:  An Introduction to Theatre. (LT) 
 Klaus, Gilbert, Field, Stages of Drama(Stages) 

Goals:  1. To help you develop an "imaginative feel" for the theatre experience as it has existed in other cultures and other historical periods  2.  To relate developments in theatre to those in the other arts  3.  To refine your skills of critical reading and analysis of dramatic literature. 4.  To help you develop your ability to organize your ideas and to present them in writing. 
 
 

January 19 
Wed., 1/20   Introduction 

Fri., 1/22  Theatre:  The Contemporary Situation. Living Theatre(LT),     Chapter 14, pp. 357-71 and "Fool for Love" Stages of   Drama(Stages) , 1185-1200. 
 
 
 

January 25 
 
 

Mon, 1/25  "Fool" continued. 

Wed., 1/27  "Top Girls" 1151-1184. 

Fri., 1/29  "Top Girls"  
 
 

February 1 
 
 

Mon.,2/1 GREEK THEATRE, LT, Chapter 1. 
 Click for Great Website on Greek Theater 

Wed.,2/3 Read Stages, 9-12 and 39-63, "Oedipus Rex"  
    *Response Paper #1 due (Ch 2).    Response Paper #1 due (Ch 2).    Everyone must do 2 response papers before March 26 
 
 

Fri., 2/5  Read Stages, 9-12 and 39-63, "Oedipus Rex" 

 For information about theater architecture and design, visit 
the Theater Period and Styles Webpage  

February 8
 
 

Mon.,  2/8 "Lysistrata," Stages , 93-115 

Wed., 2/10 "Lysistrata," Stages, 93-115 

Fri., 2/12  ROMAN THEATRE, LT, Chapter 2. 
 
 

February 15
 
 

Mon., 2/15  QUIZ.  Begin MEDIEVAL THEATRE. 

Wed., 2/17  MEDIEVAL THEATRE, LT, Chapter 3.  Read Stages, 123-138,  "The Second Shepherd's Play"  
*Response Paper  #2 due (Ch 3) 

Fri., 2/19  "The Second Shepherd's Play"  
 
 

February 22 
 
 
 
 
 

Mon., 2/22  "Everyman, " Stages 139-158.  

Wed., 2/24  "Everyman" and review 

Fri., 2/26   ITALIAN RENAISSANCE THEATRE,  LT, Chapter 5  and     Stages, 161-63 
 
 

March 1 
 
 

Mon., 3/1  ENGLISH RENAISSANCE THEATRE, LT, Chapter  6.  Begin discussion of "Othello. 
*Response Paper  #3 due (Ch 5 or 6). 

Wed.2/3  "Othello" Stages, 244-288. 
 Click to hear Elizabethan English Spoken 
 

Fri.,  3/5  MIDTERM . 

March 8 
Mon.,3/8  "Othello" 

Wed.,3/10  "Othello" 

Fri., 3/12  MAJOR PAPER #1  Due on "Othello."  Paper requires you to     have seen movie and read play.  Begin discussion of Neo-Classical    France. 
 
 
 

March 15
 
 

Spring Recess 
 
 
 

March 22 
 
 

Mon., 3/22  NEOCLASSICAL FRANCE  LT Chapter 8, 227-47. Video of     "Tartuffe"  

Wed., 3/24  Video of "Tartuffe."  Copy of Play on Reserve in Library. 

Fri., 3/26  Finish "Tartuffe"  
*Response Paper  #4 due (Ch 8) 
 
 
 

March 29 
 Mon. 3/ 29  NINETEENTH CENTURY,LT, Chapter 11.  

Wed., 3/31 LATER NINETEENTH CENTURY , LT, Chapter 11, 529-537 .  
*Response Paper  #5 due(Ch 11 or 12) 

Fri., 4/2   Naturalism, Read "Miss Julie," Stages 575-96 
 
 
 
 

April 5
 Mon.,4/5  "Miss Julie" 

Wed., 4/7  ANTI-REALISM, Chapter 13, Symbolism, Theatricalism and Expressionsim 

Fri., 4/9            "           " 
 
 

April 12
 Mon., 4/12 1915-1945. LT, Chapter 13.  EPIC THEATER.  View Brecht  video.  
*Response Paper #6 (Ch 13) 

Wed., 4/14 Brecht continued 

Fri.,   4/16    Theater  of the Absurd, LT, Chapter 14.  
Pinter  "The Homecoming," Stages ,  961-995, or Beckett, "Endgame" 
 
 
 
 
 
 

April 19 
Mon., 4/19 Pinter  "The Homecoming," Stages ,  961-995, or Beckett, "Endgame"  

Wed., 4/21   "                   "                     "  

Fri., 4/23  QUIZ 
  
 

**************                                      Week  16 

 Mon., 4/26  BLACK THEATRE, LT, Chapter 11, p. 330 "Ira Aldridge" and  Cahpter 13, 430ff. Students view four videos of Black Theater History on Reserve in Library. 

Wed., 4/28   " Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Stages 1155-1190  
 *Response Paper #7 (Ch 16) 

Fri., 4/30  "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Stages  

 **************                                      Week  17 

Mon., 5/3  Review for Exam 

Final Exam Date:     May 8   FINAL EXAM, 8-10 am