of the goals of CC 223 is to
compare and contrast the sensibilities, as portrayed
in Greek and Roman comedy, of ancient and modern audiences.
best approach to this goal is to perform the plays
you will read in this class.
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project is one approach. Another approach is to
perform a scene from each play. Performance involves
interpretation: the scene you choose and how you perform it
will say much about your reading of Greek and Roman comedy.
class will be broken up into troupes
of three or four students. Each troupe will offer three
stagings over the course of the semester. A staging
will consist of an in-class performance of one scene from
the comedy we are currently reading.
to each staging, your troupe should meet to decide which scene
to perform. Choose a scene that best reflects the themes
of the play at large. Next, decide how those themes
can be highlighted through staging. Finally, the troupe
should rehearse the scene at least three times to ensure a
smooth presentation in class. Costumes, masks, and props
may be used, but are not necessary.
that no one is beholden to the text or the stage directions
of the Penguin translations. Your troupe might decide
to change the text or adopt another translation. Similarly,
your staging may be as faithful or as modern as see fit.
The point is to find the mode of performance that best communicates
the issues of the play.
your staging will open the door to lively classroon discussion.
At very least, your troupe should be prepared to describe
the rationale behind the choice of scene and its staging.
final notes. First, if your troupe chooses a scene with
not enough roles to go around, it is still important for all
members of the group to offer their input on the staging.
Second, it is not necessary for those with speaking roles
to memorize their lines. A lively reading from the script
will suffice, distracting as it might be.