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Fall 2017
Jan 20, 2018
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TPST 294 - Experimental Theater
Can we perform 30 plays in 60 minutes?  Can there be theater without “acting” or “characters”? Can a play happen with the audience performing all the roles? Can we have a scene enacted entirely through onomatopoeia? Can performers create a large charcoal mural on stage under two minutes? Can we have theater for an audience of one? Can the Escape Room experience be translated to theater? The answers to all these questions is “YES," and further, "you can do it too." This course explores some of the techniques of experimental theater developed by internationally- and nationally- prominent artists such as Neo Futurists (Chicago), Machina Ex (Germany), Forced Entertainment (Ireland), Alexander Manuiloff (Bulgaria) and others. The course combines seminar and studio methods/ modes: we will engage with the work critically, through the lens of theatricality, performativity, theater phenomenology and theater semiotics; we will also learn their techniques through experiential workshops, inheriting and adapting them in order to create and enrich our own work.  
No experience or prerequisite necessary.  

The first segment of this course culminates in a public showing of a student-devised production led by Neo Futurists (featured as a part of TPST’s Main Stage season,) requiring evening rehearsals during September-October, approximately 20 hours/ week.  The course adheres to its weekly schedule after October.  

Theater Lab Fee: $50

0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Performing Arts Department

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