This course explores the dramatic literature, theatre practices, and performance theories indigenous to the countries visited by Semester at Sea. As playwrights pen works about the world and culture they live in, understanding the culture and world is necessary to fully appreciate each piece of dramatic art. Authors will include Anton Chekov, Sean O’Casey, William Shakespeare, Georges Feydeau, Garcia Lorca, Lynn Nottage, Anthol Fugard, Augusto Boal, and Nilo Cruz. The course will conclude by reading the most current Pulitzer Prize winning play. Students will also see plays and other performance venues in various ports of call.
Field WorkCountry: South Africa
Day: 1 - Cape Town - Saturday, 26 October
Students enrolled in World Drama will travel to and visit the Athol Fugard Theatre Center in District Six of Cape Town, South Africa. The field assignment will include a tour and talk. Athol Fugard is South Africa’s most famous playwright. Author of over fifty works, Fugard created iconic black characters whose narratives profoundly changed the way millions of people viewed apartheid. After visiting the Fugard Theatre Center, students will meet with Mr. Michael Williams, Managing Director of the Cape Town Opera House. Mr. Williams will offer a one-hour workshop on musical theatre. He will also give students a tour the Opera House located in ArtScape, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture in Cape Town and one of its most important art centers in South Africa. In the evening, students will return to ArtScape and watch a performance of play, THE VIEW by Philip Rademeyer. Academic Objectives: 1. Students will be able to describe the backstage areas of a professional theatre. 2. Students will see and be able to describe a professional theatre performance by South African artists.