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									                              THEATRE 202c
       HISTORY OF THEATRE I—Ancient Greece Through the French Neoclassic
                       FALL 2008            3 UNITS

Lia M. Hansen                                                                 T/TH 8:00-9:15
949-246-6585                                                                  Heath 108                                                   Office hours: T/TH 3-5:30,
Theatre office—xt 2955, Costume Shop—xt 2992                           Fri 3:30-5:30, & by appt.

Mission of the Department of Theatre Arts
The Department of Theatre Arts seeks to establish a Christ-centered, professional environment for
artistic expression by developing the creative mind, body, and spirit of each student in the
disciplines of performance; directing; design; production; script writing; theatre history and
dramatic literature. By imparting knowledge and allowing hands-on participation, the department
can be about: forming students to model the Christian life; informing students to prepare them for
service; and transforming students to impact a contemporary society for Christ.

Course Description
A study of theatre from its origins to the French Neoclassic; its physical aspect, literature, and

Relationship to the Curriculum
This is an undergraduate course requirement for theatre major and minors. It can be used to satisfy
part of the Literature, Communication, and Fine Arts Core Curriculum. Its purpose is to provide a
base for the study of other aspects of theatre.

Educational Goals and Targets
Intellectual Engagement: You will learn to think critically as you discover the relationships between
various aspects of theatre history and their continuing impact.

Spiritual Formation: You will study periods in theatre history in which religion has impacted the art
of theatre in both positive and negative ways. Analysis in this area will enable you understand the
ways theatre can be used for Christ.

Professional Excellence: You will understand the relationship between a culture and its theatre,
applying this information to future projects.

Aesthetic Expression: You will learn how various societies have used theatre as a form of aesthetic
expression, whether for didactic or entertainment purposes.

This class will enable students to trace the development of theatre from its beginnings to the
French-Neoclassic. Students will use this knowledge to discern the influence of the past on a
particular dramatic work. The study of theatre history provides a sourcebook from which to pull
when presented with theatrical problems in the future. THEA202C & THEA 204C are preparation
for THEA 324: Theory & Criticism.

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Required textbooks
The following plays:
       Antigone by Sophocles                           A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas
       Adelphoe/The Brothers by Terence                                            Middleton
       Dulcitius by Hrosvitha                          The Great Theatre of the World by Calderón
       Everyman by Anonymous                           Tartuffe by Molière
       Pierre Patelin by Anonymous                     The Cid by Pierre Corneille

I have tried to find the most economic versions of the above plays. Please purchase the chosen
copies so page numbers and the text are the same for discussions. There are links on the
THEA202C web page to on-line versions of Dulcitius, Pierre Patelin, Tartuffe, and The Cid.

Adelphoe/The Brothers is in the book Plautus and Terence: Five Comedies.

Course Procedures
     Day 1-2: Lecture covering an era in theatre history
     Day 3: 10 point quiz on the preceding lecture, discussion of the era, play analysis and
                    discussion of the assigned play
     Exams cover Lectures 1-3, 4-6, & 7-8. There is no cumulative exam. As part of the last exam
                    there are take-home essay questions which are due the day of the final.
     Group presentations the last day of class and during the final
     2 SCR reviews and 2 VUSC play reviews are required
     Extra credit is available

At the end of each unit, students will be asked to share something of interest to them from that unit.
Topics could include:
    1. Your favorite/most interesting part of the unit          2. What you hated in the unit
    3. What you would like to learn more about                  4. What was most useless & why
    5. What was new to you that made you look at modern theatre in a new light, causing you to see
       historical parallels in contemporary plays, films, radio dramas, television, etc;

   If you wish to type this up and turn it in with your quiz, it can be worth as much as 5 extra
   credit points, for a possible total of 40 points/6% of the total points for the
   semester. There is a sample at the end of the syllabus. If you plan to turn one in please type it,
   stapling as needed. No work will be accepted after the end of class.

Play Analyses will have 3 sections. Please see the “Questions for Play Analysis” on the class web
site for further instructions.

Proper use of the English language is mandatory. Failure to proofread Wow! Logs ,PA’s, and
reviews will result in loss of points. Reviews, Wow! Logs, and PA’s are to be typed in either Arial
or Helvetica 12 pt; or Times Roman 14 pt, double-spaced, using standard Word margins. Please do
not rely on spell-check. All work must be stapled. Please address all printer issues prior to coming
to class as not work will be accepted after the end of class. No stage manager in the world would let
you email your performance in or accept as a reason for missing an entrance you were stuck in
traffic. You’re not there, you don’t go on. Your work isn’t there, is doesn’t get graded.
Panel Presentations

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The class will be divided into appropriately sized small groups. Every effort will be made to
accommodate your choice of group members. Each group will choose a topic of interest to them
with instructor approval for a presentation on the day of the final and/or the last day of class,
depending on the number of groups.

The presentation will be multi-media: web sites, PowerPoint, music, video/DVD, graphs, charts,
maps, costumes, posters, etc. Audio/visual support will be available for your 15-minute panel
presentation. Check the class web site for complete instructions for this assignment.

There are a total of 4 required reviews for this class. Your lab fee provides 2 tickets to South Coast
Repertory Theatre. Two SCR and two VU shows will be reviewed.

One show from each venue will be in the format of a Formal Review, worth 35 points. The formal
reviews are based on the format discussed the first day of class and found on the handout on the
course web page. You need to include any elements you notice that we have studied—this is
important and mandatory. Please look at the handout before you write the review. The Formal
Review is a minimum of 3 pages long.

The Informal Review, worth 15 points, is just a discussion of your emotional/intellectual
response to the play. Write it as if we were talking about the performance over an after-theatre

Ticket stubs must be attached to the back of the review in the upper left hand corner. If a review is
submitted without a ticket stub, there will be a deduction of one grade level. If you need the ticket
stub for another class, please see me prior to turning in your review.

Reviews are due the Thursday following the final Sunday performance of the show. You must
designate whether the review is formal or informal. If a review is turned in without a designation it
will be returned to you to designate and will be marked down 1 grade level.

Dates of SCR Mainstage Shows—Segrestrom Stage:
      An Italian Straw Hat                              Sept 5—Oct 5
      The Heiress                                       Oct 17—Nov 16

Date of SCR Second Stage Shows—Argyros Stage:
      Dead Man’s Cell Phone                             Sep 21 – Oct 12

Dates of Vanguard Shows:
      Godspell                                          Sep 19-21, 26-28 , Oct 3-4
      Pride and Prejudice                               Oct 31, Nov 1-2, 6-9
      It’s A Wonderful Life                             Dec 4-6, 12-14

See for further information on their season, dates, times, etc.

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Attendance, Points, and Grading

Sarah Bernhardt became such a diva on a US tour that the following was the only way to tell her it
was curtain time: A stagehand would rap on her dressing room door and announce: “It will be 8
o’clock when Madame wishes.”1

This class follows the old Broadway adage: To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late,
and to be late is unacceptable. This applies to both you and your assignments. If you fail to meet
this standard for whatever reason and Miss Bernhardt would care to plead your case, the professor
might entertain leniency.

Attendance is an important part of this class. You will be allowed 3 absences, after which your grade
will go down 1 step for every absence. Three tardies count as one absence. 90% of life is showing up
prepared and on time.
                            Points will be as follows:
             Panel Presentation                                       100
             Quizzes (10 points each)                                   80
             Play Analyses (15 pts each)                               135
             Reviews (Formal-35 pts, informal-15 pts)                 100
             Exams (#1—125, #2—120, #3—105)                           350
             One free quiz and PA                                      -35
                     Total                                            730

A             730—657              C             583—511               F             437—0
B             656—584              D             510—438

2% points on either side of the grade division will receive either a + or – grade

Late work is not accepted except under extreme circumstances and professor’s
discretion. Unstapled work will be marked down 5%.


No matter how much I would like to go back to slates and chalk, or paper and pencil, I realize
technology is here to stay. Manners are also here to stay, at least in this classroom. At the risk of
sounding Victorian, it is your Christian duty to meet the professor’s behavioral expectations.

There is to be no cell phone use in class. This includes texting—sending, receiving, reading, smiling
at your phone, etc. Cell phones will either be placed at the front of the room or be asked to leave,
with their owners, if this request is not followed. If you believe you will be receiving a call dealing
with a medical emergency, please inform me at the beginning of class.

Many students like to use their computers to take their notes. Educationally, I believe there is better
retention if notes are handwritten—a physical action helps cement the information—but, take notes
how you wish. Remember, the Devil lives on the web, and will tempt you to check email, surf the
net, etc., when you should be focused on class. Remember, you may be distracting to a classmate,

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let alone the professor, by improper use of your laptop. Laptops that violate the code will also be
asked to leave the room or place themselves at the front of the class.1

Students who choose to take electronic notes must email them to me at by 9:20 am the day of class. I will take “computer roll” and
those who do not email notes will be docked 5 points.

As a side note, please be aware that excessive chatter is distracting to other students and the
professor, who finds it extremely trying to be at all entertaining under those conditions.

The final is on Tuesday, December 9, from 8:00-10:00 am. It will be given at no other

You may miss 1 quiz and 1 PA without penalty. If you turn in all quizzes and PA’s, you will have
extra points.

Perfect attendance—no absences OR tardies--make professors smile at grading time and feel the
need to award 20 points to those dedicated, deserving souls.

Note: Sarah Bernhardt died in 1923.

USEFUL THEATRE HISTORY WEB SITES of Early English Drama/stage.html --Classical Drama Sites --Wonderful ancient theatre site! --A links page, search commedia dell’arte --an amazing number of links

    1 Mickadeit, Frank. The Orange County Register, Friday, June 6, 2008.

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    Sample WOW! log

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