In this class, students will trace a play’s journey from the written words of the playwright to its realization on the theatrical stage and finally to its cinematic interpretation(s). Along with exploration of American works, several of the plays and playwrights studied will tie in directly with the countries visited on the voyage. By exploring these plays and their various incarnations, students will employ critical thinking about theatrical performance, its relationship to the society of which it is a part and its past and present significance as an art form. The field component of the class will be attendance at a live theatrical performance as well as participation in a discussion with artists involved in the production.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Day: 1 - Friday, 27 June
Students will begin their night with a pre-show discussion and presentation on Spanish Theatre in order to help them better understand and appreciate their upcoming experience in Bilbao. The group will then travel to a local restaurant and enjoy a pre-show dinner of authentic tapas before moving over to the Teatro Arriaga for a performance of Grupo Las Txirenitas' production of "Mujercitas. The true history." Following the performance, one of the actors will join the group for a discussion as well as a question and answer session before students return to the ship. Academic Objectives: 1. To be exposed to acting styles and exercises that help expand and strengthen personal technique 2. To learn from international theatre artists in order to gain a broader worldview of the art form 3. To compare and contrast the experience of the field lab with the work done in the classroom