Course Schedule

EN 321 Modern Drama 2:45PM – 04:00PM, Ballston Center, Room 3066
(hybrid course–selected sessions will meet online or at theaters; refresh this schedule weekly)

Week 1. Unit I: Realism to Modernism
1/14 Tuesday: Introduction to course policies/logistics
Homework: Take Canvas syllabus quiz; post response on Canvas Discussion Board.

1//17 Friday: read Strindberg’s “The Stronger;” Zola, “Naturalism in the Theatre” (posted in Canvas Files); check out Extra Credit options; discuss Discuss Class Performance assignment

Week 2
1/21 Tuesday:  DUE BEFORE CLASS:  Canvas Quiz 1 (take after you finish reading/use discussion posting idea to prep one short answer for quiz)
What’s so Realist or Naturalist about Strindberg and/or Chekhov?
Worthen, Introduction Pt. 1, 3-15 and Pt. 2 16-21 (posted on Canvas); Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters (Act 1)
 Last day to late register, add, or drop a class without academic record; last day to drop a class with 100% refund of tuition and fees

1/24 Friday:  Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters (Acts 2-3)
Student Performance: Kembry

Week 3
1/28 Tuesday: Canvas posting due BEFORE class (noon) on Chekhov
Stanislavski, “Direction and Acting;” Chekhov, Three Sisters (finish) review YouTube version,  1:51:37 (Act 3, what about Andrei?) and Act 4, final scene, Irina’s character arc.
Student Performance: Alondra, Isabel, Lauren

1/31 Friday: Canvas Quiz; Glaspell, “Trifles” and NY Times Review (2010)
Review Zoom PPT link on Glaspell before taking quiz.

* Check schedule each week after this point for conferences, events, and small groups meeting via Zoom vs. in-class sessions (see schedule below)

Week 4:
2/4
Canvas posting; O’Neill, Emperor Jones, and reviews 1 & 2; Review YouTube version with Paul Robeson and Zoom link mini-lecture.
*note that play starts 43 minutes into this film. It’s a short play, so they added a whole prologue for the film.
Student Performance:

2/7 Online class: Read pdf “Revolution to Reaction”in Canvas Files Week 4; watch this 10 minute video on Beckett to help you with Endgame. Review the Beckett PPT mini-lecture (video link on YouTube; PPT in Canvas Folders Week 4), then take the Canvas quiz when you are done reading/watching.

Week 5
2//11 Tuesday:
Canvas posting due after class:; Beckett, Endgame pdf or html and reviews (below)
Article 1: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-09-20/bill-irwin-samuel-beckett-kirk-douglas
Article 2: https://slate.com/culture/2019/04/avengers-endgame-review-marvel-movie-samuel-beckett.htm
Student Performance: Suany, Carol, Marielle

2/14 Friday Online class, American Realism and Tennessee Williams–Canvas posting on Beckett Due
Glass Menagerie Reviews (Canvas Files); Watch a version of Williams, Glass Menagerie

Week 6
2/18 Tuesday: Glass Menagerie; Exam review sheet posted on Canvas; Practice meeting on Zoom.
Student Performance: Owais, Elizabeth

2/21 Friday: ONLINE MEETING:  Canvas Discussion Posting on Glass Menagerie; watch/read Suddenly Last Summer (Williams) OR Amen Corner (James Baldwin–buy hard copy or check out from local library) Exam review questions? Meet in Butler G122 or via Zoom (optional to attend).
Assigned exam questions times :
2:45-3:00 Alondra, Lauren, Caren, Andres
3:00-3:15 Ariel, Gabrielle, Suany,
3:15-3:30 Jaylen, Abdullah, Owais, Isabella
3:30-3:45 Marielle, Kembry, Mitchell
3:45-4:00 Isabel, Cariza, Jestina
https://marymountuniversity.zoom.us/j/425763141

2/25 Tuesday:  Unit 1 Exam–in class
Conferences Butler G122, 12:30-2pm
2/28 Friday: Online class–“Modern to Postmodern 1975-present” (Canvas pdf);  Canvas: quiz after reviewing “Modern to Postmodern” in Canvas Files

Week 7  Unit 2: Modern to Postmodern
3/3 Tuesday: 
Jones/Baraka Dutchman
Posted reading: Baraka’s “Revolutionary Theatre” (Canvas Files Week 8)
Student Performance:
Jaylen, Ariel

3/4 Wednesday: Theater Trip to see Amen Corner at Shakespeare Theater. Leave from Main Campus/Main House and meet at 6pm–or meet us there by 7pm for 7:30pm curtain.

3/6 Friday: Online Class: Review You Tube Narrated PPT on Black Arts (unnarrated version in Canvas files Week 9)
and watch “Not a Rhyme Time” on Vimeo
Midterm Grades posted on Canvas

Week 8 March 10-13 Spring Break

Week 9:  Unit 3: Politics, Performance Art, Contemporary Theater
3/17 Tuesday
:  Complete Canvas Quiz on Baraka, Kennedy, & the Black Arts before 5pm Thursday 3/19: read annotated bibliography assignment and tips sheet.

3/20 Friday: Asynchronous activities: Review Dr. Rippy’s Zoom discussion of Final projects; Library Research workshop (online) Locate at least 1 source to support final project in hard copy; develop with sample citation in MLA format using the online resources in Canvas posted by our Librarian, Gwen Vredevoogd.
Questions? Synchronous Zoom office hours 2:45-3:30
 Last Day to Withdraw from Course with a “W”

Week 10
3/24 Tuesday: Synchronous class–log in from 2:45-4pm
Due by the start of class at 2:45pm: Canvas Discussion Board: Idea for a final project,
with at least one potential source  listed in MLA format found as  result of Library Module on Canvas (suggested 3 sources)
2:45-4pm Student Performance of Scene, Due in person on Zoom, or prerecorded in a shareable format: Gabrielle, Jestina present; others log on at assigned times below for optional “office hours” questions about final project topics (not required, but encouraged)
2:45-3:00 Gabrielle, Jestina present to me
(others feel free to join and watch)
3:00-3:30 Alondra, Lauren, Carol, Andres, Ariel, Gabrielle, Suany, Isabella, Jestina
3:30-4:00
Jaylen, Abdullah, Owais, Kembry, Mitchell, Marielle, Isabel, Cariza,
4:00 Office hours in Zoom for individual questions

3/27 Friday Asynchronous assignment due before class: Watch Anna Deavere Smith, Fires in the Mirror (Parts 1 through 6 on YouTube; purchase hard copy for whole play, read and annotate); read “Not So Special Vehicles” (1074-82 posted on Canvas Files). Review Dr. Rippy’s Zoom lecture on Black Arts as needed.
2:45-3:10 Synchronous Student Performance:  Cara, Andres, Mitchell, Isabella Present: Due in person on Zoom, or prerecorded in a shareable format
Optional online discussion of Fires in the Mirror (click link to watch):
3:15-3:30 Alondra, Lauren, Carol, Ariel, Gabrielle, Suany, Isabella, Andres
3:30-3:45
Mitchell, Cara, Jaylen, Abdullah, Owais, Kembry, Marielle, Isabel, Jestina
3:45-4:00 Individual Questions or Concerns

Week 11
3/31 Asynchronous only: Review Zoom video on developing a proposal and Annotated Bibliography
Due before class on Friday, 4/3
(ideally):
Drafts of proposals/annotated bibs and online peer review in Canvas Assignments
(minimum: thesis statement and 1 annotated source in MLA format).
Homework: Comment on one other proposal as assigned on Canvas; use checklist for Peer Review before Friday, 4/17 at midnight.
4/3 Zoom Conferences on Final Projects and Canvas Peer Reviews.
Didn’t make class? Here’s a Zoom video of  me talking to students about how to find sources and generate a draft to post. on Canvas for Peer Review.
https://marymountuniversity.zoom.us/j/169556274
Suggested Due Date for peer review 4/3,  final deadline  4/17
.
3:00  Andres (scene  reading)
3:15-3:30 Alondra, Lauren, Carol, Ariel, Gabrielle, Suany, Isabella
3:30-3:45
Mitchell, Cara, Jaylen, Abdullah, Owais, Kembry, Marielle, Isabel, Jestina
3:45-4:00 Individual Questions or Concerns
:  Conference sign up in google doc for next 3 Tuesdays!

Week 12 Unit 4: Research, Writing, Presentations
4/7 Tuesday: Final project conferences on Zoom–2:45-4 by appointment in google doc; revise/peer review draft proposals on Canvas
3pm Isabella: scene reading
4/10 Friday:  No Class, Easter Break

Week 13
4/14 Tuesday: No class (Monday schedule)
Final project conferences on Zoom–2:45-4 by appointment in google doc; revise proposals
Post full revised proposal and bibliography draft by midnight
–500-750 words, plus 3-5sources, annotated in around 75 words; creative projects MUST have some creative material done to review by this date as well
Watch this 7 minute Zoom Video on posting your draft and conducting Peer Review! Access Password: E7#3+&.7

4/17 Friday Online: Peer Review feedback on proposal & bibliography due on Canvas (reply to 1 classmate as assigned)

Week 14
4/21 Tuesday: Last day to submit final revised Proposals/Annotated Bibliographies on Canvas Assignments by midnight; 1-1 appointments in google doc.

4/24 Friday: Draft of Final Projects Due (3-5 pp) on Canvas Assignments by midnight  (same link is used for draft & final version–peer reviews assigned in Canvas).
Peer Review Feedback Due
on Canvas Assignments by Tuesday, 4/28
Group  Conferences in  Zoom
  (see Canvas for link)
2:45-3:10  
Power, Conflict, & Women on Stage: Kembry (Strindberg & power); Lauren (Three Sisters), Alondra (Three Sisters & marriage); Isabel (Chekov & the 4th wall), Cara (Laura in GM and fragility)
3:10-3:25 Race,Gender and Identity: Mitch (Deavere Smith); Gabrielle  (Dutchman & Get Out); Jestina (Identity and Race in Funnyhouse), Carol (language in Dutchman)
3:25-3:40 History, Context, and Staging Plays: Suany (Beckett’s absurd cold war); Owais (WW2 and Beckett),  Isabella (stage directions and Williams)
3:40-4:00 Grab bag! Marielle, Ariel, Andres, Jaylen

Week 15
4/28 Tuesday: No Synchronous Class; Peer Reviews due on Canvas
Sign up for 5/5 Presentations for Extra Credit
Post reflection and writing profile in Canvas Assignments
Extra Credit: Think of this as a Canvas posting, only submitted through assignments. A 500 word minimum self-assessment of your writing/research/creative process, reacting to and incorporating comments from your instructor and peers, is included as part of the final project.  Reflect on the nightmare that has become the semester and how remote work affected you. Feel free to work in prayer, curses, or whatever best captures your research and writing process. May be delivered live, as an audio file, or as a short essay. See MU Commons Assignments for details.

5/1 Friday: Discuss presentations (want to see a sample? Here’s one!) Last day to submit any Extra Credit
Group  Conferences in  Zoom:
2:45-3:10   Power, Conflict, & Women on Stage: Kembry (Strindberg & power); Lauren (Three Sisters), Alondra (Three Sisters & marriage); Isabel (Chekov & the 4th wall), Cara (Laura in GM and fragility)
3:10-3:25 Race,Gender and Identity: Mitch (Deavere Smith); Gabrielle  (Dutchman & Get Out); Jestina (Identity and Race in Funnyhouse), Carol (language in Dutchman), Andres (setting and revivals of Dutchman)
3:25-3:40 History, Context, and Staging Plays: Suany (Beckett’s absurd cold war); Owais (WW2 and Beckett),  Isabella (stage directions and Williams), Marielle (Baldwin,  philosophy, and Christian imagery)
3:40-4:00 Grab bag! Ariel, Jaylen

Monday, May 4 before midnight: Final Project Essays Due on Canvas by midnight (5-7 pages, plus Works Cited, submitted through on Canvas Assignments)

Tuesday, May 5, 3:00-5:30pm Sign up for Presentations (optional) on Zoom (5-7 slides of 20 seconds each, set to run automatically or  pre-recorded with  narration in a 2-5 minute presentation on your project for Extra Credit–sample of prerecording)
Presentations will be in groups at the following  times:
3-3:30  Power, Conflict, & Women on Stage & Race,Gender and Identity:     

3:45-4:15 History, Context, and Staging Plays and Others                

 

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