Adam Mahmoud’s VENGEANCE UPON THE WORLD

Dear All,

Sometimes filming theater works.  Most of the time it doesn’t.  In the case of Adam’s play, some last minute seating adjustments made it NOT work,  This is no one’s “bad,” and, in fact, I think it teaches us a valuable lesson.  Theatre is LIVE, you MUST be THERE, and it is DIFFERENT EVERY TIME.   As you’ll see, this time ,an audience member accidentally sat between Adam and the camera.  Hence, we only have the audio of Adam ‘s performance available, but for those of you who were there and took notes, the clip will probably be of use (should you choose to review this play).

Again, here’s the script:

Vengeance Upon the World

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AND HERE’S A video of ONE PERFORMANCE

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Finishing Up the Course

Dear All,

There has been a little bit of confusion surrounding the final paper.  So, although I’ve already announced this a few times in class and have posted it twice on the blog, here’s how we’re going to finish up.

On Monday: We will be going over THE GREAT MACDADDY and I’ll give a short final lecture (which will also be a theater review of Adam’s play).

All next week are marathon office hours.  That means if you can schedule an appointment with me: anytime between 9am am and 9pm Monday through Thursday (you should clear three one hour slots and send them all to me to make sure there’s no double booking), we’l have a chance to meet about and discuss/revise your final paper which is due via hard copy or electronic submission on May 11 (electronic submission is strongly preferred, but only because of the reasons we talked about it class [having e-versions of your papers, allows me to write you better letters of reference when the the time comes]).

All best,

Ryan

Lecture Slides- A Soldier’s Play

Charles Fuller

Dear All,

Many thanks to all of you who came out for the screening.  The number of students who took the extra-time to come and see the play really helped to reveal how much this class does care.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, no worries.  As I said, it was in no way mandatory: we did miss you, though!

A Soldier’s play

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Lecture Slides- Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

April 25th Drama Lecture

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Lecture for April 25

April 25th Drama Lecture

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The Myth of Yacub, The Nation of Islam, and The Honorable Elijah Muhammed

Dear All,

The myth of Yacub, the Nation of Islam, and The Honorable Elijah Muhammed are amongst the most hotly contested/feared/distorted (and often rightfully criticized for perpetuating anti-semitisim and more) figures in all of African American history and letters.  Nevertheless, all of these ideas and figures are part of a living history that informs Wilson’s work, and with this in mind, I offer you the following clip.  It is an interview with Michael X: a Nation of Islam theologian, and–I think you’ll find–a vert reasonable and tolerant man.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Theater Review

Dear All,

Here are some more tips on how to write great reviews, and a few examples of what NOT to do.  In other words, this show begins with tips, offers examples of bad reviews, and explicates how, where, and why these reviewer’s went astray.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Theatre Review

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