March 31, 2009

Hitchcock Essays

Category: administrative notes,hitchcock tips,lecture related — theprof @ 2:09 pm

I will be returning all on-time essays tomorrow in class. All other essays will be available for pick-up at the final exam, and possibly before that time at the drama desk (TBA).

This is also a reminder that I’ll be accepting late Hitchcock papers up until tomorrow in class – Wednesday April 1.

March 30, 2009

Wendy Crewson’s note


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Wendy Crewson sent the following note after her visit last week, and asked me to pass it along. You made quite the impression on her:

“I had a truly wonderful time… and was so impressed and inspired by your students. Thank them please for making me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to great things from them”


This week’s videos now up

Category: administrative notes,lecture related,screening related — theprof @ 5:04 pm

I have updated the Screenings page to include the videos and websites that we will discuss on Wednesday. I have divided the videos into several categories, but I think that there are other ways we can categorize them, so think about commonalities and differences when you watch them. I am particularly interested in how these sites and videos speak to their audience(s) — the theatre we have discussed so far assumes a live audience, but the relationship changes when videos are meant to be consumed on the internet in private, or shared through other forms of technology. See you on Wednesday!

February 28, 2009

Graham Abbey visit on Monday

In The Border

Remember that Graham Abbey will be visiting our Monday class, and that there will be no Wednesday class this week. We’ll screen some of Graham’s work, and he will engage us in a Q&A about the Canadian theatre and tv industries, his experiences as an actor in both, differences in working in the two media, and a host of other insider information. Bring your questions!

February 24, 2009

Welcome Back

Category: administrative notes,beckett tips,lecture related — theprof @ 9:56 pm

… from Reading Week! I hope you enjoyed Hiroshima Mon Amour. I will be returning your essays in class tomorrow. Also, several of you have asked me about the exam — I will address that in class tomorrow as well. In the meantime, the outline for this week’s lecture is available on the Outlines page. See you soon!

February 9, 2009

Wendy Crewson to visit DRAM 205!

We are very lucky to have accomplished actor Wendy Crewson visiting DRAM 205 on Wednesday March 25. Crewson has played a wide range of roles in such films as Away from Her (2006), What Lies Beneath (2000), Better than Chocolate (1999) and The Santa Clause (2004), and has had recurring roles in TV series such as 24, ReGenesis, Street Legal, and Night Heat. Wendy will visit the class on Wednesday, March 25. On the previous Monday (March 23), we will screen Perfect Pie (2002), which stars Crewson, and is based on the stage play of the same name by Judith Thompson. The play is recommended reading for the week, and is available on short term loan (for 3hrs) at Stauffer library.

The class schedule has changed to accommodate this visit – please make sure your calendars are up to date.

January 27, 2009

The Border’s Graham Abbey to visit DRAM 205

Great news! The Borders star Graham Abbey is going to visit DRAM 205 on Monday, March 2. We’ll screen some of his work, and then talk to him in person. Graham starred in lead roles at the Stratford Festival for 10 years before leaving to concentrate on other projects. He is also a Queen’s grad.

I have updated the schedule to reflect Graham’s visit. Please note two things in particular: on the week of March 2, there will only be a Monday class, and not a Wednesday class. Also, several topics have shifted weeks in the schedule reshuffle, so make sure to check in before digging into your weekly readings.

January 20, 2009

Outline in advance!

Category: administrative notes,beckett tips,lecture related — theprof @ 3:32 pm

Hi all – the outline for tomorrow’s lecture has been posted on the Outline page – 24hrs in advance!! Yay!  I’ll talk about the assignment in tomorrow’s lecture, and may even post it in advance as well!

January 16, 2009

Course Package now at Stauffer

Category: administrative notes,lecture related — theprof @ 6:43 pm

The package of Course Readings is now on 3-hr reserve at Stauffer library.

January 5, 2009

First Reading

Category: administrative notes,lecture related — theprof @ 9:12 pm

Because it can take time for everyone to get a reader from the P&CC, I have decided to post the first reading on this website, instead of including it in the course reader. For a limited time, you can download it here:

DRAM 205 First Reading