Final Exam

Take Home Final Exam


Due Thursday, December 19th by 1.30p. Worth 20% of the final grade.


Sophocles, Oedipus the King

Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Euripides, Medea

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

Bertolt Brecht, The Good Woman of Setzuan

William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale

Sophie Treadwell, Machinal

Griselda Gambaro, Personal Effects

Samuel Beckett, Rockaby

William Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale

Zeami, Komachi at Sekidera

Yukio Mishima, Sotoba Komachi

Heiner Müller, Medeaplay

Split Britches/Bloolips, Belle Reprieve

Half Straddle, Seagull (Thinking of You)


Choose two of the following prompts and write two essays of at least five paragraphs each in response.  Each essay should be 750 -1,000 words long.  You may use each play from the above list only once in your exam. You should cite from the play and/or the SGPA, but you should not use any additional sources.


1. Choose three of the plays from the above list and analyze them in terms of their structure. Come up with a thesis that incorporates all three plays and makes an argument about the relationship between their structure and their meaning.


2. Choose three characters from the plays listed above and analyze them in terms of their functional aspect (see p. 70 of the SGPA) and/or their connotative or symbolic aspect (see p. 75 – 77 of the SGPA). Come up with a thesis that incorporates all three characters and makes an argument about how the playwrights use the characters to help convey the plays’ themes.


3. Choose three passages from one of the plays to analyze in terms of language. Come up with a thesis about the use of language in the play and cite three passages from the play to demonstrate your argument.


Blog entry #15 – Half Straddle’s Seagull (Thinking of You)

How does Tina Satter and her company, Half Straddle, adapt Chekhov’s play in their Seagull (Thinking of You)?  What do they retain from the original and what do they change?  What was your response to their interpretation?

(Due Wednesday November 27th at noon.)


Written and directed by Tina Satter

Performed by Eliza Bent, Becca Blackwell, Emily Davis, Julia Sirna-Frest, Susie Sokol, Jess Barbagallo

Set Designer Andreea Mincic
Lighting Designer Zack Tinkelman
Composer/ Sound Designer Chris Giarmo
Production Manager Liz Nielsen
Stage Manager Randi Rivera
Costume Designer Enver Chakartash


The full-length video is available through  Go to the databases section of the Hunter Library website.  Search “o” for OnTheBoards and enter your user name and password for access.

Split Britches new work this January at La Mama!

Split Britches will present two shows this January at La Mama, ETC.

La Mama Theatre in New York kicks off 2014 with
Split Britches January 2 for 1 Sale
featuring 2 very special events

Desperate Archives, an exhibition based on 20 years of Split Britches archival materials

RUFF, the critically acclaimed solo performance by Peggy Shaw, directed and co-written by Lois Weaver

Desperate Archives,
deposited somewhere between land and sea, between proliferation and devastation
La Mama Galleria
Opening January 3, 2014 | 6-9pm
then Wednesday – Sunday 1pm -7:30 pm
with special pre-show appearances by Peggy Shaw and Man Meat Collective

In this exhibition, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches re-purpose their own archival material from the last 20 years of work together in order to explore the issues of having, holding, and letting go. These interactive installations playfully critique a current archival frenzy that is occurring at a time when many of our worldly possessions are being swept out to sea. And just as a storm exposes what’s underneath the surface of a once bright and shiny thing, Desperate Archives reveals the infrastructure of the Split Britches creative process by highlighting the individual contributions made by collaborators: Vivian Stoll, Stormy Brandenberger, Susan Young, Lori E Seid, Matt Delbridge, Helaine Gawlica, Eva Weiss, Saskia Scheffer, Jo Palmer and many others including our audience. As collaborators on our intergenerational future, the Man Meat Collective will be populating the gallery with occasional live interventions.

The exhibition is the result of initial explorations in preparation for the development of a live performance entitled Desperate Archives funded in part by the MAP Fund’s Creative Exploration Grant and with assistance from the Hemispheric Institute.

co written and performed by Peggy Shaw
directed and co-written by Lois Weaver
La Mama First Floor Theatre
January 9-26
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 2:30pm

New York City just can’t get enough of downtown performance legend, Peggy Shaw. Following her critically acclaimed run at the 2013 Coil Festival and an extremely popular European tour, Ruff is returning to the NY stage by popular demand at the La Mama Theatre.

After suffering a stroke in 2011, Shaw’s entire world had to be rebuilt from the bruised, but surprising pieces. RUFF exposes the host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members who once effortlessly melded to form Shaw’s seductive, captivating personality. Guided by longtime collaborator Lois Weaver, Shaw throws off the stigma of age and embraces the joy—and necessity—of creating new work, post-stroke. Like a skilful striptease, Shaw unashamedly exposes the emotional and technological accommodations she now requires to perform, and in so doing, offers a rare glimpse at the art in ageing and infirmity. RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept Shaw company these past 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke, and a celebration that her brain is still able to fill the blank green-screens with new insights to share with her favorite confidants – the audience.

“Shaw’s supremely transgressive art explodes every box which might be used in some vain attempt to contain her: language, societal norms, sex, romance, art.”
—playwright Craig Lucas in BOMB magazine

Performed and co-written by Shaw, and directed and co-written by Weaver, Ruff features choreography by Stormy Brandenberger, music and sound design by Vivian Stoll, set and media design by Matt Delbridge, and lighting by Lori E. Seid.

La Mama
74A East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
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