Script Analysis Syllabus for 2021-2022
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DRAM-2355-001 Script Analysis


Course Description

Examination of foundational skills for understanding the structure and content of play scripts for interpretation and conceptualization in theater productions by directors, designers, actors, and technicians. Introduces students to signficant plays in the history of dramatic literature in the playwright's social and cultural context.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Script Analysis, 6th ed.  Thomas, James.  Routhledge, New York. 2020.  ISBN: 97-0-8153-5229-7



Student Performance

Students will maintain at least a 70% average in class, or the instructor may prescribe tutoring as needed per department guidelines.

Students will necessarily need to participate in group exercises.

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Expected Student Behavior

Grading Criteria

25% = 6 Assignments (lowest dropped)

25% = 9 Group Exercises (lowest dropped)

25% = 1 Final Paper

25% = 28 Attendance Days


A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = 0-59%


Attendance in class is eesential.  Attendance will be graded daily when class meets.



Mon 21     NOT MEETING IN-PERSON. Lecture: Introduction to course on video in Content and Assignments. Chapter 1 assigned to read by next class.

Tue 22     Lecture: Breaking down Action into basic components. Oedipus Rex Breakdown assigned in Content and Assignments folder. Oedipus Rex assigned to read by next in-class meeting.

Wed 23     NOT MEETING IN-PERSON. Continue to work on assignment.

Thu 24     NOT MEETING IN-PERSON. Chapter 2 assigned to read by next class. 

Mon 28     Oedipus Rex Breakdown Assignment due online by 10:30AM. Lecture: Given Circumstances (Time, Place, and History)

Tue 29     Lecture: Society, Economics, and Politics/Law. Group Exercise.

Wed 30     Lecture: Culture, Spirituality, and World of Play. Group Exercise.

Thu 31     Oedipus Rex Given Circumstances assigned in Content and Assignments folder. Chapter 5 assigned to read by next class. A Doll’s House assigned to read by next class.


Mon 04     Oedipus Rex Given Circumstances Assignment due online by 10:30AM.  Lecture: Plot by way of beats, units, scenes, and acts.

Tue 05     Lecture: ‘Beating’ a script. 2-person Group Exercise.

Wed 06     Lecture: Structure through examining A Doll’s House.

Thu 07     A Doll’s House Structure assigned in Content and Assignments folder. Chapter 6 assigned to read by next class.

Mon 11     A Doll’s House Structure Assignment due online by 10:30AM. Lecture: Character Objectives, Super-Objectives, and working Actions (tactics through action verbs).  Group Exercise.

Tue 12     Lecture: Working Conflict, Willpower, Value, and Personality Traits through Stanislavsky’s 4 Levels of Characterization.  Group Exercise.

Wed 13     Lecture: Relationships and building a Character Map.

Thu 14     A Doll’s House Character Map assigned in Content and Assignments folder. Chapter 7 assigned to read by next class. The Crucible assigned to read by next class.

Mon 18     A Doll’s House Character Map Assignment due online by 10:30AM. Lecture: The Idea by discussing themes of The Crucible.

Tue 19     Watching The Crucible in class.

Wed 20     Watching The Crucible in class.

Thu 21     The Crucible Allegory Essay assigned in Content and Assignments folder. Chapter 8 assigned to read by next class.

Mon 25     The Crucible Allegory Essay due online by 10:30AM. Lecture: Dialogue and divining Subtext.

Tue 26     Lecture: The use of Words.  Group Exercise.

Wed 27     Lecture: A comparison of dialogue from the 3 plays read.

Thu 28     Dialogue Comparison Essay assigned in Content and Assignments folder. Chapter 9 assigned to read by next class.

Fri 29     Bright Star opens tonight—must see at least once to write final paper.


Mon 02     Dialogue Comparison Essay due online by 10:30AM. Lecture: Tempo and Rhythm. Group Exercise.

Tue 03     Lecture: Mood and Atmosphere. Group Exercise.

Wed 04     Lecture: Style. Group Exercise.

Thu 05     Bright Star Script Analysis Paper assigned—parameters to be discussed in class.

Mon 09     Work on papers in class.

Tue 10     Work on papers in class.

Wed 11     Bright Star Script Analysis Paper due online by 10:30AM. ALSO, bring printed copy to class for an in-class peer evaluation (part of your final grade).

Additional Information

Required On-Campus Assignment:

Bright Star at the Experimental Theatre on the Washington Street Campus.  April 29-30 and May 5-7, 2022, at 7:30PM and May 8, 2022, at 3:00PM.  Students need see only one (1) performance of this production.  Please visit for more information about the show, and see the Course Calendar for assignment deadlines above.

Access to Digital Theatre+ for readings and videos needed for Discussion Forums and Tests:

Username: student.amarillocollege

Password: instrument@1913

Syllabus Created on:

03/20/22 10:11 PM

Last Edited on:

03/20/22 10:27 PM