FRENCH 1023 | French Theatre Workshop

This course is taught in French.

Gen eds: Arts, Creative Work

Tues/Thurs., 9.30 am–10.45 am, CL1601, Prof. Kaliane Ung

In this workshop, we will use theatre and performance to improve your ability to interact in French, through the studying and staging of Molière’s L’Ecole des femmes, which themes resonate with our post-#MeToo world. In this seventeenth-century comedy, old Arnolphe chooses to bring up a young girl according to his own principles in order to marry her, without the risk of being cheating on – or so he thinks.  After textual and historical analyses, we will discuss the stakes of L’Ecole des femmes and strategies to adapt the play for a contemporary audience. Weekly exercises involve writing, reading, voice recording, improvising, dancing, singing, discussing, critiquing, directing, all of this in French. You will be asked to prepare short scenes individually and in groups, to design a set and arrange costumes and props. Our work together will give rise to a performance at the end of the semester. The class will work as a troupe, with a role for everyone (cast & crew)! Come and make memories in French! 

Prerequisites: FR20, 21, 27, 55, or 56 (or permission of instructor). Cross-listed with GSWS, Theatre Studies.