Faculty Performance Production: That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her by Jen Silverman (DRA4308.01) (title, description, prerequisites, and max enrollment updated as of 5/9/2022)

Shawtane Bowen

Alyssa Long is pretty, rich, and lucky enough to have attracted the attention of mysterious newcomer Felix Maia, the son of a diplomat. But in the wake of her sudden disappearance, friends and enemies gather and rumors abound. As true intentions are revealed, party-games become dangerous…but is anything as dangerous as the truth? A (very) dark comedy that looks at social media and social justice, how far we’re willing to go, and who we are when we get there. Written by emerging playwright Jen Silverman, the play offers a darkly comedic exploration of justice and activism in the age of social media.

That Poor Girl is approximately 90 minutes and will perform the weekend prior to Thanksgiving (Nov. 18-20). This 4-credit course is for the cast, or others assigned production responsibilities, and represents work both in and out of rehearsals necessary to build a successful performance and/or collaboration in production. Rehearsals, tech, and performance constitute each students’ commitment.

Jen Silverman is a three-time MacDowell Fellow, a member of New Dramatists, and an Affiliated Artist with New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Space on Ryder Farm, and the Playwrights Center. Honors: The Helen Merrill Award, the Yale Drama Series Award, the Lilly Award, Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Jen is a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow (prose) and 2022 Guggenheim Fellow (theatre). Jen also writes for TV and film.

For more info about the play: https://noscriptpodcast.podbean.com/e/s8e3-that-poor-girl-and-how-he-killed-her-by-jen-silverman/

Learning Outcomes:
•How to collaborate with others in an ensemble setting
•The discipline and work ethic necessary to succeed in the professional theater
•How to build a role and successfully create a 3 dimensional human being vis-à-vis the rehearsal process
•How to work under pressure with tight deadlines
•Research, text analysis, and scene study

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: BY AUDITION ONLY. Students should prepare two contrasting monologues not to exceed three minutes total. Both monologues should be contemporary: one comedic, one dramatic. Students should be fully MEMORIZED and off-book. Drama auditions will be held the first week of the term.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/T/W/Th/F 7:00PM-10:00PM; Sat 12:00PM-4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Once a year

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