English 492/592 (Drama in New York) is a chance to see and see, discuss, and write about seven of the best plays produced on and off Broadway. The course, which offers 3 credit hours at the undergraduate or graduate levels, will be offered in Spring 2020 with an eight-day off-campus component from December 13-21, 2019. The course requires attendance at all of the plays and class meetings while in New York, individual meetings with the instructor when we return, a play-going journal with entries on each of the plays we’re seeing, and a 10-page research paper due at the end of February. The course does not have scheduled class meetings during Spring semester. In fact, much of the course work for 492/592 is completed before the start of Spring semester.
This year we have tickets to see the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, staring Ed Harris, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Manhattan’s Classic Stage Company, the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, and the Tony Award-winning musical revival of Oklahoma! We will also see Part One of Matthew Lopez’s Olivier-Award-winning play The Inheritance, Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside, starring Mary-Louise Parker, and Ödön von Horváth’s 1937 play Judgment Day at the West Park Armory. In addition to seeing these plays, students will have ample free time to explore New York during the holiday season.
Beyond completing the first-year writing requirement, there is no prerequisite for English 492. The course is designed for those who have not seen much drama as well as those who have. In addition to its offerings in drama, English 492 allows students to experience and get to know New York, one of the world’s greatest cultural centers.
The course fee ($1,425) includes all theatre tickets and housing at the Vanderbilt YMCA in midtown Manhattan. Students are responsible for transportation to, from, and within New York and meals. Two scholarships that help defray the costs of the course are available through the Keith P. Taylor Student Drama Enrichment Fund. A deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve a place in the course, with the full balance due by November 1. Enrollment, which is currently open, is limited to 20 students.
Contact Dr. Stan Garner (firstname.lastname@example.org, 512 McClung Tower) for additional information and to reserve a place in the course. An interest meeting will be held on September 25 at 3:30 p.m. 1210 McClung Tower.
Keith P. Taylor Grants
The Keith P. Taylor Grants offer financial support to students participating in English 492/592: Drama in New York. Two awards will be made for students planning to enroll in the course, one at the undergraduate level and the other at the graduate level. Taylor Grants cover the course fee, with additional funds toward airfare, meals, and other expenses.
Students will be evaluated for the grants on the basis of: 1) academic achievement; 2) genuine interest in drama and a willingness to share that enthusiasm; and 3) financial need.
Applicants for these grants should have a minimum 3.5 GPA in their major and a 3.0 overall, and they should be persons for whom participation in a course of this type would be ordinarily out of the question. Grant winners will be expected to do organizational work for the class. Send application materials as a PDF file to Dr. Stan Garner at email@example.com. Those materials should include:
1) an up-to-date academic transcript;
2) a recent essay that highlights your academic skills (no longer than 5 pages);
3) a personal letter explaining why you want to take the class, what difference it will make in your college career, and why financial circumstances make the class impossible without a grant of this kind.
Due date for applications is Monday, October 14.