How Plays Work 2

School of Drama: Playwriting

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

How Plays Work 2

Spring 2021

Taught By: Michael Weller

Section: A

CRN: 9354

Credits: 4

The second semester will focus on adapting material for the stage from other original sources (short story, poem, film, anecdote, novel, song, etc), and students will be expected to write a full length play based on material they have chosen. We will discuss their choices in class before they begin work, and help identify the elements of their material that is both promising and problematic. We will read examples both of successful plays adapted from other sources, and the original sources from which they were adapted. Example: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, THEN the original poem Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brook, and finally the musical West Side Story. Class discussion will center on how and why dramatists chose material to adapt (why they found it promising), as well as how and why they selected, arranged, changed and omitted elements of the original story to build their drama.

Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Playwriting (TPLW)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 3

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:20am 5/15/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Friday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021