FREN-264 French Theater Workshop: 18th Century Comedy
Spring for 2015-2016
For this theater performance workshop, students will rehearse and give at least two live public performances of Parades, short comedies that were originally played in Parisian fairgrounds stages of the early 18th-century. Lively and irreverent, Parades combine verbal and physical humor to create a frenzied, fanciful universe where real-life problems receive very unusual solutions. Class work will include rehearsal of the plays to be performed (Léandre Eunuque and Le Mauvais Exemple), as well as a full array of vocal and gestural exercises in pronunciation, intonation, posture and movement—an excellent way to improve one's command of spoken French. Students will also keep a rehearsal diary. This workshop is open to all students, with or without previous acting experience, who have completed Advanced French II or equivalent. FREN 264 is listed as a cognate course with the Program in Performing Arts, and also fulfills the upper-division post-advanced language requirement for the French major.
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