THEATR-210 - Script Analysis - Christopher Boltz
I have been working in and around educational theatre for over half of my life. I have also worked in opera, dance, television and events. Everything we do starts with a script and how to tell an audience a story. We will explore methods of storytelling and how we get at the writers meaning and intent behind a script.
We will learn to vocabulary of script analysis so that we can analyze plays from theatre history through the modern day. We will spend most of the class time discussing plays together .
What to Expect in this Course
Each week we will be reading a few chapters from the text book, or reading a play in preparation for discussion. Each student will have several presentations to make about one aspect of a play (some of these will be as part of a group). This prepares students to discuss a play from the perspective of an actor, designer, or director of theatre. We have a quiz, and a few essays to write.
Types of Assessments
- 1 Quiz
- Several script analysis presentations (some might be group presentations)
- 1 performance critique
- 1 creative analysis
- 1 action analysis.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
- "Script Analysis for Actors, Directors and Designers" (6th Edition)
- "Zoot Suit" by Louis Valdez
- "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage
- "Baltimore Waltz" by Paula Vogel
- "Straight White Men" by Young Jean Lee
- "In the Heights" by Quiara Alegria Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda
- "Barber Shop Chronicles" by Inua Ellams
- "Major Barbara" by George Bernard Shaw*
- "'Tis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford*
(* means it is a Free Open Educational Resource in Canvas. All other titles are ordered in the book store)
Other Relevant Course Information
I use Canvas a lot, even in an in-person class. In addition to text book reading, and play readings, there will be videos and projects linked in Canvas. This class is about script analysis and we will have a lot of discussions about what plays mean and why. We all have different backgrounds and experiences which we will bring to our discussion about theatre. Participation is really important in this class.
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Last updated: 11/07/2022 Sub#: 1503