Overview. The project
for this term is to produce and perform a comedy by
Aristophanes. You shall collaborate with your fellow
students, dividing the work as evenly as possible.
You will perform the play at the end of the termtime
and place to be determined.
The theater at Ostia,
Requirements. As this
will be a student-run operation, with each student accountable
to his or her peers, there are few requirements to be imposed
from the outside. The look, feel, content, and performance
of the play (even the choice of the play itself) will be
determined by the group.
The role of the instructor, Prof. Curley, is to facilitate
the project. This role involves, among other things, laying
out guidelines, establishing deadlines, and even settling
disputes. The primary duty of the facilitator, however,
is to maintain an atmosphere that allows the students of
CL 223 to interact on as equal a footing as possible.
The requirements, then, are as follows:
- Everyone should have a say. Not everyone is a
born leader; on the other hand, not all leaders have the
clearest vision. It is imperative that anyone who wants
to speak be allowed to do so. Furthermore, that speaker
should be accorded due attention and respect.
- Everyone must have an opportunity to perform in
the play. Whether the role is major or minor, speaking
or mute, character or chorus member, every member of the
class must be onstage at some point or another.
- Everyone must have a hand in the production.
Although participation in the project will be stratified
between onstage and offstage activities, each member of
the class must partake of some aspect of the preparation,
such as set design, choreography, or writing.
- The workloads must be as even as possible. There
are many different tasks involved in a project like this,
each with its own set of responsibilities and methods
of operating. While it is impossible that all members
of the class have exactly the same quantity of work, it
is surely possible that the contribution of each student
have roughly the same quality as the next.
- The schedule must be observed. While it might
prove necessary to adjust the schedule from time to time,
the deadlines proposed by the instructor should be scrupulously
and conscientiously upheld.