GENG 222: Genre(s): Shakespeare and the Actor

 

Marina Favila 3 credits

          This is not an acting class, but an English course that will look at the idea of acting as presented in Shakespeare's plays.  As such, we will analyze characters who 'act' to deceive (such as the villains Richard III or Iago), to survive (such as the cross-dressed heroines Viola or Rosalind), and to create (such as the tradesmen in A Midsummer Night's Dream, who put on a play).  This course will also analyze acting/theatre as a metaphor for living/life (a trope Shakespeare embraces as he looks at the many roles we play in one lifetime: child, parent, student, boss, lover, artist, etc.) as well as the process an actor goes through when tackling a role.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with and direct/redirect actors in short scenes in class.  Students are required to see several plays at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton.


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