of the goals of CC 222 is to
compare and contrast the sensibilities, as demonstrated
in Greek tragedy, of ancient and modern audiences.
understand these sensibilities you must approach the
plays from the inside out that is, you must
become not only skilled readers of tragedy but also
interpreters and performers of it.
Shaw as Medea
class will be broken up into troupes
of three or four students. Each troupe will offer two
stagings over the course of the semester. A staging
will consist of an in-class performance of one scene from
the tragedy 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 a few 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 Chicago 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.
NOTE: On Thursday, December 4, all troupes will
perform the same scene from an Aeschylean play. This
will allow us to compare and contrast each troupe's style,
and to experience the agonistic side of Greek culture.