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Western Canon Presentation

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Rudy Ramirez

on 23 September 2015

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Transcript of Western Canon Presentation

Due Dates
Write-ups and the annotated bibliography should be
handed in together as a packet (please provide a folder or large paper-clip) at the end of your presentation
. Presentation dates are as follows:

Friday, October 9th:
The Trojan Women, Lysistrata, The Brome Play of Abraham and Isaac

Monday, October 12th:
Twelfth Night, King Lear, Tartuffe
Your Western Canon Presentation is a pitch to Company 317 on behalf of your group’s play. It should be
well-researched and well-thought

as well as
engaging and entertaining
: you are theatre artists pitching to other theatre artists.

Remember that you are not simply pitching a play, but a production. In all cases,
you must argue why your production demonstrates the continued relevance and importance of theatre history in performance to the contemporary life of our nation

It should include:
concept pitch
design elements presentation
audience outreach materials
off-book short scene
Presentation Options
Your production will attempt to recreate, as closely as possible, what historians currently understand to be the original performance practices under which this play was produced.
Why is it particularly necessary for the piece to be performed under original practices in order to be understood?
How will you appeal to a public audience that may not be accustomed to historical performance practices?

Your production will blend original practices with contemporary theatre conventions.
Why have you chosen to maintain or change the various performance practices in order to make the production (any or all of the following)
more critically interesting?
more digestible?
more entertaining?
more equitable to the members of the company?
Presentation Options Continued
Your production will set the play in a completely different time and place than in which it was originally performed or imagined.
Why will this particular setting will deepen the audience’s understanding not only of the play, but of the context in which you choose to set it?
How will you answer the objections of those argue that changing the setting diminishes our understanding of the play?

ORIGINAL ADAPTATION: Your group, either with a designated playwright or as a devising company, will create a new play based on your group’s historical text.
Why does this adaptation
A) provide a better understanding of the original artistic impact or context of the play than by doing the play itself or
B) provide a necessary critique of the play and its place in the Western Canon?
GRADING: This assignment is worth a total of 50 points, based on your work in each of the following sections.

PRESENTATION (20 points):
Based on
your individual performance
in the group presentation.
Duties in the presentation will vary depending on your role
Are you
well-prepared and well-researched
Do you perform your role in a
confident manner that engages the audience

One for the whole group.
Each entry should be
accompanied by a short paragraph (4-6 sentences)
what was useful
to your presentation and an understanding of your play
Each member responsible for writing-up 2 entries.
May NOT include Wikipedia entries
Only ONE encyclopedia entry
Only ONE introduction to an edition of your text.
Book chapter counts as one entry

2-3 page write-up of
your involvement
in the presentation
Argues for your group’s production from a more personal perspective
Describe the research you did to prepare for the presentation
Include quotes from
2 different research texts
How did you come to make the choices you did for the presentation?
Why do you feel this work demonstrates that your production is an ideal selection for our season?
Western Canon Presentation
Presentation Roles
DIRECTOR (1): The director
introduces the concept/vision
for the production along with the dramaturg(s) and
directs the scene that is staged for the class
(and should be on-book for the actors during the scene)

DRAMATURG (1-2): The dramaturg(s)
introduces the concept/vision
for the production and
presents audience engagement materials
, such as a poster for the play, a dramaturgical essay for the program, images for a lobby display or another document that engages the audience in a conversation about the play.

ACTOR (2 or more): The actors
perform in the scene staged for the class
. Their performances should showcase not only the script, but the vision for the production as well. They should be
comfortably off-book
(they may call for line if necessary but should refrain from breaking character)

DESIGNER (2-4): The designers should
present on the design concepts for the show
provide a preview of their work
. This can include full-color costume renderings, a full color set rendering or model, or another such preview developed in consultation with the instructor.

PLAYWRIGHT (1, adaptation only): If you are choosing to do an original adaptation, one person should assume the role of playwright and
write an original scene for the actors to perform in class
. The playwright should also
present on the concept/vision
along with the director and dramaturg.
Next quiz on Monday
Twelfth Night
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