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Latin 205

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Actors and stage building

All members of the technical crew will give a 15-20 minute report during the second week of block on their area of expertise after reading the appropriate secondary material. These reports should accomplish two things:

  1. inform the rest of the class about Roman theatrical practice in your area.
  2. propose specific suggestions for the class performance.

Each group should present to the class a written summary/outline of the material they read and a written report on the suggestions for the performance. On each handout, please include the topic, names of presenters, and bibliography consulted.

Consult the bibliography for the complete reference. Duckworth and Marshall are on reserve at Cole Library. Articles marked with $ are especially important. All oral reports benefit from some sort of audio-visual aid, whether it is an outline of your presentation, pictures, plans, drawings, or something else. Everyone from the group should be familiar with all the readings since some readings present different takes on the ancient evidence. Everyone in the group should contribute to and participate in the class presentation. Finally, reports should not be longer than 20 minutes so that there is ample time for questions and comments.

Costumes

  • Saunders, ch 1;
  • Wiles, Ch 7;
  • Marshall, "Costume," 56-66
  • J. Michael Walton. "Social and Domestic Drama." The Art of the Ancient Greek Theatre. Ed. Mary Louise Hart. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010. 128-54. (good for images, but pay attention to the dates of the artifacts)

Make-up/Masks

  • Wiles, Chs 5-6;
  • Marshall, Ch 3, "Masks," 126-58
  • J. Michael Walton. "Social and Domestic Drama." The Art of the Ancient Greek Theatre. Ed. Mary Louise Hart. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010. 128-54. (good for images, but pay attention to the dates of the artifacts)

Music and Meter

  • Duckworth, Ch 13, "Meter and Song";
  • Anderson, Ch 5, "Comedy by the Numbers"
  • Moore, "Music and Structure in Roman Comedy"$
  • Moore, "Facing the Music: Character and Musical Accompaniment in Roman Comedy," esp. pp. 130-43, 151-53$
  • Marshall, Ch 5, "Music and Metre," 203-44

Props

  • Ketterer, "Stage Properties"$
  • Marshall, "Stage Properties," 66-72

Scenery

  • Duckworth, Ch 4, "Presentation and Staging," pp. 79-88
  • Beare, Ch 23, "The Stage and the Actors' House," and App. E, F, G
  • Beacham, Ch 3, "Early Roman Stages," esp. the part of the chapter where he discusses stages from the time of Plautus and Terence
  • Marshall, "Set," 49-56

Publicity/House Managers

  • Duckworth, Ch 4, "Presentation and Staging," pp. 73-79
  • Beare, Ch 20, "Organization of Roman Theater" and Chs 21-22, "Seating and Spectators" and App. A
  • Marshall, "Performance Spaces," 31-48 and "Audience," 73-82

Technical Director/Stage Manager

  • Duckworth, Ch 5, "Stage conventions and Techniques";
  • Slater, Ch 8, "Convention and Reaction"
  • Marshall, Ch 4, "Stage Action"

 

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