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Effective: Summer 2013

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Upon completionn of this course students will gain significant insight into comparable mediums of popular expression for both personal interpretation as well as audience impact. By keying into the emotional and intellectual influence of narrative and presentation has upon audiences, students will grow their textured ability to critically develop project outcomes. These skills will be applicable to various aspects of the performing arts (writing, directing, acting, designing), but will also invariably contirbute to multiple platforms of societal employment (public speaking, advocacy, business presentations).
  • Upon completion of this course students will significantly embrace empathetic views of multiple-cultures and eras and the impact the narratives contained within the studied works (through the lens of contemporary perspectives) reflect the society, conditions and issues of these prescribed cultures and the diversity of human experience they reflect.
Description -
An analysis of narrative and plot dissemination through an overview comparison between the popular mediums of live performance and film or video. Ranging from ancient civilizations to the contemporary, source material will be drawn from a broad perspective of culturally diverse works with a specific eye towards comparing the personal and audience impact, the advantages and disadvantages, inherent between the two mediums by analyzing the values and properties of both through shared works of origin.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Compare and comprehend the production processes for advantage and disadvantage of the mediums of live theatrical performance and constructed, finished film product.
  2. Interpret scripts for narrative analysis and various support elements for critical comparison of narrative impact between mediums.
  3. Synthesize the notion of narrative with audience interpretive impact or outcomes and how messages can be perceived and vary between mediums.
  4. Develop empathetic views of multiple-cultures and historical periods by critically assessing the narratives contained within the assigned works (through the lens of contemporary perspectives)
    1. Further interpret the societal conditions and issues of these prescribed cultures and the diversity of human experience they reflect.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
A media equipped classroom suitable for projected viewing of course materials. Library cache (department or media services) purchase of required DVD or media samples of desired works. Students should also expect to incur extra expense by attending a live theatrical performance.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
A) Introductory overview of developmental characteristics of mediums. (Lec)
  1. Production elements and requirements of live theatre.
  2. Production elements and requirements of film process.
  3. Comparison of delivery methods, fiscal variances, audience experience.
B) Script study and analysis targeting layers of narrative comprehension (Lec)
  1. Language clarity
  2. Narrative construction
  3. Social commentary or message
  4. Overall circumstances or situation and the contributions these elements make in engendering storyline.
  5. Human journey of key figures identified in the assigned work.
  6. Visualization of elements inspired by the contained narrative elements.
  • Compare the processes of page to stage and stage to screen (Lec)
    1. Assess the literal demands of achieving the narrative demands of each work through each medium.
    2. Identify the characteristics of both experiences and how an audience may perceive each experience and the unique qualities of each studied work.
    3. Assess how the emotional and personal audience experiences vary between the two mediums.
  • Overview study of how each individual work reflects the culture, society, oppressions, inspirations, complications, emotional identity, humor or other broad human experience the narrative work engenders. (Lec)
    1. Background of each work
    2. Placement or role of each work as a mirror to the conditions from which the work was spawned.
    Methods of Evaluation -
    1. Quizzes for content preparation
    2. Discussion evaluation
    3. Comparative/Analytical review essays
    4. Cooperative learning project
    Representative Text(s) -
    Playscript and screenplay texts including up to ten of the following base scripts with at least three being from classical cultures both Eastern and Western:
    The Trojan Women by Euripedes
    Medea by Euripedes
    Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
    Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
    The Ramayana by Valmiki
    Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Othello by William Shakespeare
    King Lear by William Shakespeare (Paired with Japanese film Ran)
    The Miser by Tartuffe
    The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky (Japanese film pairing)
    The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
    Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher
    A Soldier's Play by James Baldwin
    Bullshot Crummond by Ron House and Diz White
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe by Edward Albee
    Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez
    Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitmore
    The Madness of King George by Alan Bennett
    Oleanna or Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
    Wit by Margaret Edson
    God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

    Disciplines -
    Theatre Arts
    Method of Instruction -
    Lecture, Discussion, Lab Viewing, Written Analysis, Group project and peer guidance.
    Through discussion, readings, lab viewings and cooperative learning projects, students will acquire heightened interpretive skills and empathetic perspectives through the below listed areas. Lab components would be the immediate viewings for study and analysis.
    Lab Content -
    View and analyze film in preparation for comparative analysis, discussion and research.
    Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    1. Weekly playscript reading
    2. Analytic essays comparing and critiquing elements of works studied and the influencing interpretive characteristics of both mediums.