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THR 101 - Introduction to Theater: Theater Term Paper

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Introduction to Theatre Textbook

Introduction to Theater

THR* 101: Introduction to Theater

This course explores the range of theatrical conventions present in theater throughout the world. Students will participate in hands-on activities in acting, directing, and design. Students will complete a research paper on a topic in theater history in addition to writing responsively throughout the course both in class and online
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENG* 101 .
Offered: Fall, Spring

Playwrights/Plays to Consider for Term Papers

Introduction to Theater Playwrights/Plays

Classical Plays:

Aeschylus - Prometheus Bound, The Oresteian Trilogy

Euripides - Medea, The Trojan Women, The Bacchae

Sophocles - Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus

Aristophanes - The Birds, The Clouds, The Frogs

Menander - The Grouch, (Dyskalos), Plautus, The Captives, The Menaechmi

Anonymous - Mankind, Master Pierre Pathelin, The Brome Play of Abraham and Isaac

Racine - Phedre,

Moliere - Tartuffe,

Aphra Behn - The Rover

Oliver Goldsmith - She Stoops to Conquer

Shakespeare - King Lear, Othello, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors

Modern Plays:


Henrik Ibsen - Hedda Gabler

John Millington Synge - Riders to the Sea

Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest, A Woman of No Importance

George Bernard Shaw - Major Barbara

Bertold Brecht - The Good Woman of Setzuan

Edward Albee - The American Dream

Athol Fugard - Master Harold and the Boys

David Henry Hwang - The Dance and the Railroad

Caryl Churchill - Top Girls

Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia

Anna Deavere Smith - Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992

David Mamet - Glengarry Glen Ross

Craig Lucas - Reckless, Blue Window

and many, many other modern authors including:


Thornton Wilder

Frederico Garcia Lorca

Harold Pinter

Samuel Beckett

Jean Anouilh

August Wilson

Beth Henley

John Patrick Shanley

Neil Simon

Christopher Durang

Lorraine Hansberry

Wendy Wasserstein

Tony Kushner

Tennessee Williams

Stephen Sondheim

Julie Taymor

Bob Fosse

Amiri Baraka

James Baldwin

Ntozake Shange

Arthur Miller

Frank Chin

Marsha Norman

David Rabe

Sam Shepard

Paula Vogel

Luis Valdez

Miguel Pinero

Holly Hughes

Terence McNally

Jonathan Larson

John Guare

Langston Hughes

Moss Hart

Lillian Hellman

Lanford Wilson

Adrienne Kennedy

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