Plays as Literature

Class Details:

Plays are literature. Learning how to read a play is not complex. When you read a novel you do not merely read the words; you "see" what the words describe, and when the novelist puts down conversation, you silently "hear" what you read. When reading a play, the results need be no different. In this class, students will read aloud famous, classic plays (the ones everyone should read once in a lifetime) and then see it on film or live, when possible. Through lively discussion and analysis, students will explore why these plays have stood the test of time and continue to be read and performed today. In addition, students will discover what we can learn about ourselves and others by reading them.

“Theatrical dialogue is a highly concentrated and powerful form of verbal expression. Each word carries far more dramatic impact than in most other literature. Even a single utterance can pack a tremendous emotional wallop." James Thomas, Professor of Theatre.

"All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts;" William Shakespeare.

“Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” Tom Stoppard, playwright.

Recommended Ages:

12 - 18


Contact us for pricing as cost varies based on class length, location, and number of students.


All classes are held at The Stage Door in east Plano, unless otherwise specified.



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