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Guthrie Theater (THTR 1161)

Total Credits: 1
Lecture Credits: 1

Description: This course provides you with the opportunity to study one of the nation's leading regional theater companies, the Guthrie Theater. You will learn about the history, operations, philosophy, mission and artistic goals, and the current season of plays at the Guthrie. You will read in class the script of a current play in production at the Guthrie, then go see that play in performance there and learn how to write a play review about what you saw.

Topical Outline:
1. History of the Guthrie Theater, 1963-present
2. Guthrie Theater's mission statement and artistic goals past and present, its structural organization, and public programs beyond public performances
3. Compare/contrast Guthrie Theater original site/building adjacent to Walker Art Center (1963-2006) with the new Guthrie site/building on Mississippi River (2006-present)
4. A study of the Guthrie Theater's current season of plays
5. Explore background and script (if available) of the play the class will see at the Guthrie
6. Write a play review within a specified format

Learning Outcomes:
1. Articulate the history of the Guthrie Theater, 1963 to present
2. Identify and discuss the mission and artistic goals of the Guthrie, its structural organization, its public programs, how it serves the community, and its role as an innovator nationally and internationally
3. Identify and discuss the Guthrie's current season of plays
4. Purchase a ticket to a current play in the season and visit the theater to see and report on the performance
5. Articulate a written personal response in a play review format to that performance

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

MnTC: Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts