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DRAMA 201 A: Plays And Styles

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:00am - 11:20am
HUT 130
Jason Eckard

Syllabus Description:

Drama 201 A

Plays and Styles

University of Washington School of Drama

Autumn 2016


Instructor: Jason Eckard       


Office: Hutchinson 301


Class Meets: MWF 10:00 am – 11:20 am. Hutchinson 130


Office Hours: Fridays, 2 to 4 pm and by appointment


Required Texts:


Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers; Fifth Edition, James Thomas


Aeschylus I: Oresteia; Aeschylus, Lattimore, trans. – entire text used


Euripides I; Euripides; Greene, trans. – Hippolytus used


Edward II; Christopher Marlowe


Life is a Dream and Other Spanish Classics; Bentley, ed. – The Trickster of Seville used


Don Juan; Moliere, Wilbur, trans.


Phèdre; Racine, Rawlings, ed.


Three Plays; O’Neil – the three plays comprising the Mourning Becomes Electra cycle used


Phaedra’s Love, Kane


Two other texts – Benito Pérez Galdos’ Electra and the Duke of Rivas' Don Alvaro – will be available as a PDF through the class Canvas site.

The texts above are all ordered and available through the UW Campus Bookstore. (However – except for Script Analysis, all of the other texts are available used through, most for a penny, plus shipping.) One other text – Benito Pérez Galdos’ Electra (1901) – will be available as a PDF through the class Canvas site.


Course Description:


Drama 201A is an introduction to the study of play analysis using texts from Ancient Greece to modern Britain. Students in this course will read plays closely with special attention to dramatic structure (narrative plot, action analysis, given circumstances, world of the play, etc.) as outlined in the book Script Analysis by James Thomas. This type of play analysis is foundational work for anyone interested in further study/work in the theatre and is necessary for anyone interested in acting, directing, design, or stage management.






Course Objectives

  • To acquire a common vocabulary as it applies to dramatic text analysis.
  • To analyze the structure of a range of dramatic texts, styles and genres.
  • To build well-constructed arguments and fully developed analytical papers that reflect the objectives listed above.
  • To effectively communicate your thoughts and analysis in both classroom and small group settings.


Course Requirements

Your overall grade for the class is based on a 1,000 point scale. Your total points out of 1,000 are converted to the 4.0 scale according to the chart on the final pages of this syllabus. As you will notice, this course is based highly on participation and group discussion.


Participation - 500pts

  1. Discussion – 250 points

All students are expected to regularly attend class and participate in discussions and projects.  Failure to participate will negatively impact your grade.  For the purposes of this course, participation includes thoughtful and insightful comments and questions about the course materials and class discussion.  Your comments should demonstrate that you have done the course readings. 


  1. Reading Response Quizzes – 250 points

You will be asked to complete 5 short assignments connected to the week’s readings (see course schedule). Each quiz will start at the beginning of class; latecomers will not be given additional time to complete. Each response is worth up to 50 points.


Exams -- 250 pts.

   Midterm – 100 points.

A combination of short answer and multiple-choice questions drawn from all material covered in the first half of the quarter.

   Final Exam- 150 points (Second Week of December – Time, Date and Location on Reading Schedule)

A combination of short answer and multiple-choice questions drawn from all material covered in the quarter, but with a strong emphasis on material from the second half.



Formal Papers (2), for a total of 250 pts.

     100 points for the first, 150 for the second. Details of the prompt and rubric will be available on Canvas.


Extra Credit

      Opportunities for extra credit will be available later in the term.




Late Work:


I do not accept late work.  I do not accept papers via email.


If you know in advance you are going to miss class on the day we have an exam, you must make arrangements with me to make up the test a reasonable amount of time before that class. A reasonable amount of time does not include an email 10 minutes to an hour before class. If you are ill and miss class or an assignment, you will need to provide a note from your primary health care provider confirming you were too ill to attend class before any assignment can be made up.



Phones need to be on silent and put away during class. There is no texting in class. Initially, the use of laptops/tablets/whatever during class time will be permitted, but for note taking purposes only. If I see anyone texting, engaging in social media or using the internet for anything not directly class-related, I will not allow the use of /any/ electronic devices in class.


Academic Integrity

Please refer to the Bachelor’s Degree Planbook of the college of Arts and Sciences and the Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-120) to learn what behaviors constitute academic misconduct and applicable penalties.



Plagiarism is not acceptable and will negatively affect your grade.  All sources must be properly cited.  If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism, please send me an e-mail, make an appointment to meet with me, or see


Student Conduct

The University of Washington’s policy “prohibits discrimination against members of the University community on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran.”  This policy also applies to our class discussions and group projects.

Disorderly or disruptive students can and will be asked to leave class for the day; further disruptive or disorderly conduct will result in a meeting with me and may also be reported to the appropriate dean.  For more information, please see the full UW Student Conduct Code at:


Disability Accommodations

Access and Accommodations:  Your experience in this class is important to us, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you experience barriers based on disability, please seek a meeting with DRS to discuss and address them. If you have already established accommodations with DRS, please communicate your approved accommodations to your instructor at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS) offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary or permanent disability that requires accommodations (this can include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or

If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 543-8924 (V/TDD). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please give the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for this class.

Writing Center

Since this course uses written assignments to evaluate your progress, I recommend visiting the writing centers on campus if you have any concerns about your writing.


Grading Scale

The grades for this course are based on a total of 1,000 possible points.  The 1,000 points are converted to the university grade-point system according to the following chart:






































































































 570-579; Lowest passing grade



 0-569; Failure or Unofficial Withdrawal.
No credit earned.


Catalog Description: 
Introduces theatre practitioners to the principles of play construction, to the process of reading and conceiving plays for production, and to the basic vocabulary of artistic styles through which plays are produced. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:03pm