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Actors in a performance of the play ArcadiaPerformance of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, photo by Stella Adler, CC BY 2.0

Library Research Guide for THEA 362: Theatre History & Dramatic Literature

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The Production History Project

Here is the description of the assignment:

First read Michael Mark Chemers' instructions for writing a production history. Then, choose a play from the list below.

For this assignment you will turn in a production history like the one outlined by Chemers for a specific, significant production of the play you chose. You will also submit a 1pg. summary of the play's critical reception that summarizes what was unique and important about this particular production and correctly cites in MLA format a variety of articles responding to the play.  You will also turn in a 2 pg. dramaturg's note that would accompany the program of a contemporary performance of this play. Your dramaturg's note should answer the question: "Why This Play Now?" as articulated by Chemers in the attachment.

You may choose your play from the following list:

  • The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka
  • Hot N' Throbbing by Paula Vogel
  • Pentecost by David Edgar
  • Translations by Brian Friel
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht
  • The Clown Show by Jean Genet
  • RUR by Karel ńĆapek
  • The Color of Justice by Richard Norton Taylor
  • Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
  • The Hairy Ape by Eugene O'Neill
  • Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
  • Hamletmachine by Heiner Müller
  • Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights by Gertrude Stein