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A Few Spaces Still Available for Drama in New York Course (English 492/592)

No Mans LandThis year’s Drama in New York class (English 492/592) is now open for enrollment. This is an eight-day class that offers three credit hours for Spring Semester 2014 at the undergraduate and graduate level.  (Virtually all of the course work for 492/592 is completed before Spring Semester starts!) The New York component of the course, which takes place during late December (December 12-20), includes seeing seven of the best plays produced on and off Broadway.

Ian McKellen (possibly the best living English actor) and Patrick Stewart are teaming up to co-star in both Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.   Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto star in Tennessee Williams’s Glass Menagerie, which The New York Times has called “the most revealing revival of a cornerstone classic” likely to appear for years.   Matilda, the Musical has been celebrated as “the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain.”   Twelfth Night is being revived in a production featuring Mark Rylance, whom The London Times calls “the most exciting stage actor of his generation.”

The Drama in New York course will also see Ethan Hawke in Macbeth at Lincoln Center and experience an experimental, off-Broadway production called Sleep No More, a full-immersion recreation of Macbeth allowing audiences to interact with the participants of Shakespeare’s tragedy as it is reenacted in the various rooms of a multi-level warehouse in Greenwich Village

Students stay at the Vanderbilt YMCA, an upscale dormitory-style facility in Midtown. In New York the class meets as a group to discuss the plays, and students keep a journal analyzing the plays and their productions; during their free time they are encouraged to take advantage of New York’s many cultural attractions.

The course fee for English 492/592 is $1250.00. This includes all theater tickets and accommodations. The course fee does NOT include transportation to and from New York or meals or credit hour costs.

Enrollment is strictly limited to 16 students, and the course fills quickly. A deposit of $200.00 (check made out to “Drama in New York”) is required to reserve a place in the course. Checks must be given to the instructor. The remainder of the course fee is due by November 1Interested students should contact Dr. Robert Stillman (rstillma@utk.edu; 974-6971), 412 McClung Tower.

Keith P. Taylor Grants for English 492/592

The Keith P. Taylor Grants for English 492/592: Drama in New York provide financial assistance to two students planning to enroll in English 492/592.  These awards cover the following expenses: tuition, course fees, hotel, transportation, and spending money.  Students will be evaluated for the grants on the basis of:  1) Academic Achievement; 2) Genuine Interest in Drama And a Willingness to Share your Enthusiasm; and 3) Financial Need.  Applicants for these grants should be persons for whom participation in a course of this type would be financially out of the question.

Application Materials and Process:  Students are asked to provide the following:

1)    A Letter of Application;

2)    A Copy of the Student’s Most Recent Academic History; and

3)    A Copy of a Recent Paper

Applications are due on Sept. 23rd. Awards will be made on or about October 10th. For additional information about how to apply, contact: Dr. Robert E. Stillman, Department of English, 412 McClung Tower, 974-6971; rstillma@utk.edu

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