Posted: November 24th, 2022

Theatre Class Final Paper

The final assignment for the quarter is to submit a 3-5 page (double-spaced, 11 point or smaller font) paper describing your journey as a theatergoer through the course of this term. This is an opportunity for you to use elements from all of the productions we’ve seen so far to discuss your own interests, likes and dislikes when it comes to live theater based on what you’ve seen. Some simple guidelines:

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-Be sure to discuss what you like and dislike about EACH of the three areas of theater we’ve discussed (script/direction/performance, design/production, audience experience), based on specific instances from one or more of the productions we saw.

 

-Be sure to cover any major changes in your likes/dislikes (when it comes to theater) that have occurred over the course of the term. What has changed about you as a “theatergoer”? Why have those changes happened?

 

-Discuss briefly how much theater you’d seen when the quarter started, and talk about what kind of theatergoer you expect to be in the future. Please note: “I learned that I don’t much care for live theater and I probably won’t see many more plays in the future” is a totally valid response to this question, as long as you’re willing to back it up with specific instances from the shows we’ve seen this term that have made you not want to see more plays.

 

SHOWS:

 

Show #1: TAMING OF THE SHREW  

  Our first performance is ‘Taming of the Shrew’, by William Shakespeare. The show is being produced by Lantern Theater Company at Saint Stephen’s Theater in Center City. 、

 

Show #2: FAIR MAID OF THE WEST  

  Our next performance is ‘Fair Maid of the West’, by Thomas Heywood. The show is being produced by the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective at Broad Street Ministry in Center City.

 

Show #3: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF  

  Hi everyone – this week’s show is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, produced by Theatre Exile at Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street.

 

Show #4: BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON  

This week’s show is Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman. The show is being produced by Drexel’s own Co-op Theater Company, and will be performed in the Black Box space in the URBN Center Annex on Filbert Street between 34th and 35th Streets.

  

Show #5: SPEECH AND DEBATE  

This week’s performance is the Philadelphia premiere of Speech and Debate, by Stephen Karam. The show is being produced by Azuka Theater Company, and will take place this Thursday (May 21st) at 8pm at the Studio X performance space at 1340 South 13th Street in South Philadelphia. 

 

Show #6: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD  

Our final show together will be Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. The show is being produced by the Wilma Theater in Center City. 

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