2017-2018 Catalog

THEA 101 Dramatic Literature: The Art of Reading Scripts

Reading a play offers a challenge unlike all other written narratives – for plays are not meant for the page, but for the stage.  In this course we study contemporary playscripts investigating the relationship between textual construction and theatrical enactment.  What is the author trying to do and how are they trying to do it?  Our discussions focus on the essential elements of theatrical writing:  character, story structure, language, and thematics – and how these come most alive when staged.  We enhance our understanding through creative projects and attending live performances in the greater Los Angeles area.  Ticket fee:  not to exceed $75.


4 units


Not open to seniors without permission of instructor.

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity
  • Fine Arts