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CC 223 : Stagings
Introduction Troupes Guidelines Schedule

One of the goals of CC 223 is to compare and contrast the sensibilities, as demonstrated in Greek comedy, of ancient and modern audiences.

To understand these sensibilities students must approach the plays from the inside out, becoming not only readers but also interpreters and performers of comedy -- a step essential for the Semester Project.




Professor Curley will divide class will be divided into troupes of four or five by Tuesday, September 22.  Every effort will be made to ensure that troupes are balanced in terms of students' experience.

Troupe Alpha:

Davido, Elwell, Morgan, Wrigley [email this troupe]

Troupe Beta:

Cocorelis, Elias, Moller, Rodino, Rotter, [email this troupe]

Troupe Gamma:

Cahill-Yi, Dufault, Sardelli, Travagline [email this troupe]


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 comedy we are currently reading (see Schedule, below).

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, either an episode or a chorus.  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 our 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 speaking roles to go around, it is still important for all members of the group to participate in 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.


All stagings will be held in our classroom, 202 Palamountain Hall.  Each troupe will have about 15 minutes maximum to perform its scene;  this time limit will be strictly observed, so troupes should rehearse carefully.

-- Alpha:  October 1 (Wasps), October 29 (Grouch)
-- Beta:  October 8 (Lysistrata), November 12 (Rope)
-- Gamma:  October 22 (Cyclops), December 1 (Girl from Andros)

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