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,
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.
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.
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 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.