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One 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.

     The best approach to this goal is to perform the plays you will read in this class.


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     The semester 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.

     The 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.

     Prior 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.

     Note 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.

     Hopefully 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.

     Two 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.

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