Students read four plays and a selection of sonnets. They also
read assigned critical essays on the plays and on the two film productions
of each play they view.
Quizzes are not used unless deemed necessary. Students present
ten minute oral reports on textual passages, on the critical readings,
on a scene in a film production and on film criticism as basis for
class discussion. The 154 sonnets are divided into groups of 8.
Each student selects one of that group and reports on it. Individual
students are assigned readings appropriate to their level of ability.
Student comments on reading:
"Disposing and Deposing: The Killing of Richard III"
in three film productions [short paper/report]
from viewing section of Final exam essay [Prompt]
on viewing live performance of Antony and Cleopatra.[prompt]
1--start of class
2--end of class
The class includes
in-class live performances of one or more scenes and conclude with
a film production component. Teams of students rehearse and videotape
a selection of scenes, either from one or several plays. The videotaped
collection of scenes is presented to the public at the end of the
locations that stimulate their imaginations, avoid the need for
sets, and offset limitations in acting and production skills.
A 1999 class
took a three day field trip to my University's remote Swanton ranch
facility, where they filmed A
3.2 in the middle of a redwood forest, King
Lear 4.6 on
a cliff above the ocean, and The
Winters Tale 3.3
on a stormy seashore.
A 1991 class
produced a composite version of The Winter's Tale--five crews
doing five scenes at different locations and combining them all
together into a single video entitled "The
Triumph of Time."