SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English
Course NameDrama
InstructorPHILLIPS BRIAN-DAVID
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

The specific course schedule is To Be Announced. See http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ for updates as well as the class facebook pages and other resources. See below for additional information on course requirements.



 



Specific texts to be discussed may decided later, dependent upon the research and reading interests of the students. The general approach to the material will be chronological and topical. Please be aware that the course is very participatory in nature and that a number of videos, television programs, and films will be shown in class. Periodically, student assignments will be created as content for the student media magazine Sparkshow. Material produced for Sparkshow will be permanently archived and available to the public.



 



Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change).



 




































































































































































WEEK



TOPIC



CONTENT & READING



ACTIVITIES & HOMEWORK



TIME/WEEK HRS



IN CLASS



OUT CLASS



1



Orientation to the Course



Two Boards & A Passion



The Outsider and Performance



 



Orientation Documents



Umbilical Brothers



Heaven by Storm by The Umbilical Brothers



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



2



2



The Outsider and Gaming



 



 



Aristotle's Six Elements of Theatre



Improvisational Language Structures



Tripod VS The Dragon by Tripod with Elana Stone



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



3



The Outsider Within Cultural Appropriation



Reductive Parody



 



 



Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by The Reduced Shakespeare Company



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



4



The Outsider in Society (Court vs Common)



Alternate Perspectives



 



 



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



Midterm Presentation Assignment



3



3



5



The Outsider and The Other (Slave and Prostitute and Order)



 



Plautus



A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum by Larry Gelbart, Burt Shevelove, & Stephen Sondheim



Midterm Essay topics due (The Outsider in Drama).



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



6



The Outsider: Power, Gender, & Orientation



 



 



Lysistrata by Ralf Konig & Aristophanes



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



7



The Outsider and The Outsider Within



 



 



Bent by Martin Sherman



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



8



Interactive Drama



Funeral Games by Hilary Hayes



LARP



3



2



9



Domesticity and Homosocial Relationships



 



The Odd Couple by Neil Simon



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



10



Midterm Essay Discussions: The Outsider in Drama



 



Varies



Discussion



3



4



11



Fantasy and Humor Drama



Honoring Terry Pratchett (28 April 1948 to 12 March 2015)



 



Going Postal by Stephen Briggs from Terry Pratchett



Final Paper Assignment: Adapting Terry Pratchett to the Stage.



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



Midterm Essays Due



3



3



12



The Outsider in Fantasy



 



Shrek: The Musical by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



13



Virtual Reality and Drama



 



Virtual Reality Introduction



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



Final Paper Topic Due.



3



3



14



Homage and Parody and Hidden Social Satire



 



Rocky Horror Show by Richard O'Brien



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



15



Whimsical Family & Crossdressing Comedy



 



Good Mourning Mrs Brown by Brendan O'Carroll



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



16



Crossdressing Comedy & Whimsical Spirituality



 



Madea Gets a Job by Tyler Perry



Lecture, Presentation, Discussion



3



3



17



Final Essay Discussions: Adapting Terry Pratchett to the Drama.



 



Varies



Discussion



3



4



18



Final Exam



Final Examination

 



Final Project and Critical Papers Due

Final Paper Due



3



4






 



Additionally, students will be asked to participate in critical discussion activities. Students will also present informative talks related to playwrights, actors, and/or directors of note.



 



Students are Expected to:



 



For a number of the project assignments, you may work with others. It is very important that all members of a team do their share of the work on time and be prepared on performance or presentation day.



 



Punctual attendance is expected. I do take roll every day. It is your responsibility to find out what went on and to make up the work, ask me for handouts, etc. See general course attendance policies.



 



Come to class with an open and willing mind. The study of theatre often involves contemplation of controversial material. As students of theatre, it is expected that you will not judge the material but rather attempt to discern the reason behind the expression of ideas.



 



Be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities. You must participate fully. While I will not grade on sheer volume, regular and enthusiastic participation is required. The quality of the participation is the most important factor. Quality covers originality or insight demonstrated as well as clarity of communication.



 



Read assigned readings by the due date - be prepared to discuss and/or perform.



 



Hand in assignments on time. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the due date.



 



All students in the class are expected to foster respect, communicate with civility, cultivate the ideas of others, and encourage participation.



 



Comprehend that all class activities are vital to the understanding of theatre and should be studied as thoroughly as lecture and reading material.



 



Students should prepare a USB drive (16GB or higher suggested) to hand in periodically with class video assignments on it. The drive will be returned the following week after the assigned files have been copied to the course media drive.



 



學生學習投入時間 Student Time Investment



 



每週課堂教學時數: 3 小時 Class Hours per week



每週預習/複習時數: 3 小時 Pre/Study per week (typical, actual time requirements vary)



 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

N/A or TBA


Requirement/Grading

Faithful class attendance, Active and worthwhile participation, Oral Reports, Term Paper, projects, quizzes, and exams. In addition to keeping up with extensive reading assignments, students will be asked to view several films which showcase topics being explored or that are adapted from material under discussion. Group and individual projects are also commonly used to enhance the learning experience via creative interaction.



 



1. Regular attendance



2. Participation in classroom activities



3. Completion of assignments



 



Oral and Written Examinations. Participation. Fluency. Projects. Note that students receive participation points for each course session, so absences lower final grades. If a student has three unexcused absences then that student will not be allowed to participate in final projects or take the final examination. Five absences (excused or unexcused) lead to automatic failure in the course. Except in unusual cases late assignments will not be accepted. Plagiarism results in an automatic failure of the course.



 



Students should familiarize themselves with course policies, including those specifically related to Attendance, Participation, and Extra Credit opportunities (if any).



 



? ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION POLICY: For the most current Attendance and Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ or the class Facebook group files section. . . Attendance and Participation in this course are required. Students who are tardy or absent will be penalized through lower possible participation points. Attendance is taken regularly and penalties are applied. Typically, students receive on average ten to fifteen participation points each class period (more or less depending upon activities of the week and actual participation). Participation Grade Penalties are as follows: Tardy, -5 participation points; Second Hour Tardy, -10 participation points; Absence, no participation points possible. Use of Cellphone, tablet, computer, or mobile device without specific permission or instruction from the instructor, no participation points possible, -10 to -15 participation points and possibility of device being confiscated for the period (yes, just like elementary school students). Attendance Points and Penalties are as follows: Penalties for tardiness or absence are grade points taken from the course final grade of the semester. Tardy, -1 grade point; Second Hour Tardy, -2 grade points; Unexcused Absence, -3 grade points; Three Unexcused Absences, not allowed to take final exam and zero points for final project; Five Absences, automatically fail course. Note, students who missed the first few course sessions are still penalized for attendance and participation, even if they had not yet registered for the course.



 



? EXTRA CREDIT POLICY: For the most current Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ or the class Facebook group files section . . . Students may makeup for points lost due to missed classes or gain additional grade points by completing optional extra credit activities. Extra credit is always optional. However, certain extra credit opportunities are not available to everyone and others are time sensitive. It is to your advantage to sign up for extra credit earlier rather than later to ensure that you are eligible and that the schedule allows for the activity. If you wish to pursue extra credit, do so early. Extra Credit is NOT available within the last two weeks of the semester.



 



? Days in which students are scheduled to make presentations or in which interactive drama or similar activities are planned count as DOUBLE ATTENDANCE DAYS and all participation and attendance points or penalties are double.



 





  • Missed Appointment, if you make an appointment to see Dr. Phillips in his office and are tardy, -1/2 grade point; if you do not show, -1 grade point; if you do not contact Dr. Phillips and let him know you are missing the appointment by email at least twenty-four hours prior to the appointment or by phone within twenty-four hours, an additional -1 grade point. Failure to contact the instructor within one day before or after is an additional -1 grade point.





 



For the most current Attendance and Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ . . . or the files section of the Facebook group for this course.



 



Taking Notes: University students are expected to have pen/pencil and paper with them during all class sessions. You should take notes during class of information presented in lecture or discussion as well as of content of media presentations. Please take notes with pen and paper and later transcribe to your digital note files (lit screens from mobile devices or notebook computers can be distracting to other students during class).



 



Cellphones, Tablets, or Computer: Turn off the ringer of cellphones or other devices during class. This should be obvious, but unfortunately for some it is not, you may NOT use your devices during class EXCEPT as a means of consulting readings (some prefer to stay paperless while others have their reading assignments in hard copy). Do NOT use devices inappropriately during class (hint, chatting online, watching random Youtube videos, or checking your Facebook feed and the like during class would qualify as inappropriate – normally, I prefer not to police student behavior in this way but we've received a number of complaints from students about the behavior among some as it is considered extremely rude). If we are viewing film or other media, you should be focused on the material and not distracted by online media. Hint, take notes with pen and paper and later transcribe to your digital note files (as noted earlier and reinforced here, lit screens are distracting to other students during class).



 



Naps: Attendance for a course implies being present and engaged. Students found to be napping or asleep during class are obviously not mentally present despite physical presence and as such may be marked as tardy or absent (depending upon the nature of the offense). The instructor is not required to notify students of such penalties at the time.



 


Textbook & Reference

DO NOT PURCHASE TEXTS OR SOURCE MATERIALS UNTIL BEGINNING CLASS, TEXTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.



As per the English Department guidelines, this course employs realia (authentic materials). In addition to playscripts and readings related to each of the plays we will be studying, some of the reference books we will use this semester include the following (subject to change so please do not purchase books unless the instructor verifies the text in class):



 




  1. from practical texts and plays. Photocopy or digital copies of plays and materials may be distributed.



 



MAIN TEXT:



 



THEATRE STUDIES: THE BASICS by Robert Leach



 



SUPPLEMENTAL TEXTS:



 



WRITING THE AWARD-WINNING PLAY by Jan Dow.



I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE by Eve Ensler



THE ODD PLAYS OF RASHAD GHEITH by Rashad Gheith



 



And/Or Other Texts as appropriate.



 



List may be modified at any time. Other texts to be assigned throughout the semester.


Urls about Course
http://www.briandavidphillips.com/nccu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIf4OIhDtbEEcZrXERpyC_A http://www.interactivedramas.info https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwaninteractivedrama https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwan3d https://www.meetup.com/taiwanvirtualreality https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8wy50wAOGy3WgPMNbsOi2w
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