21M.873 Theater Arts Topics - Suburbia

January (IAP) 2008

An empty lot, littered with garbage, evokes the gritty, rundown environment inhabited by the characters in suburbia.
Poster for the MIT student production of subUrbia. (Image by Ashley Micks. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course includes a complete set of notes from rehearsals and shows, photos of the show, and audio and video of the show's soundtrack, produced by MIT bands.

Course Description

Directed practice in acting, production, or design on a sustained theater piece, either one-act or full length, from pre-rehearsal preparation to workshop production. Consult Theater Arts Office. Includes directed practice in stagecraft. Dramashop rehearses a production of Eric Bogosian's play "subUrbia" for presentation the first two weekends in February. Visiting artist, David R. Gammons, directs. Approximately 10 roles filled by auditions. Students can receive up to six credits for acting or technical positions. Schedule of rehearsals to be arranged, but actors should be available during the afternoon. Students must be available for performances in early February. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mov, .wav.

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David R. Gammons

Technical Director:
Michael Katz

Yuri Podpaly

Costume Design:
Leslie Cocuzzo Held

Scenic Design:
Eric Levenson

Lighting Design:
Karen Perlow

Sound Design:
Peter Whincop

Course Meeting Times

Meeting times and units are arranged at the discretion of the instructor