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Alexandria Senior College dives deep into history of drama beginning Jan. 17

Over the course of two weeks, the Senior College Winter/January Series will trace the development and evolution of dramatic literature, theatrical production, and the performance space.

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ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria Senior College will delve into the history of drama, beginning with its prehistoric roots, for its winter session.

Over the course of two weeks, the Senior College Winter/January Series will trace the development and evolution of dramatic literature, theatrical production, and the performance space.

The course will tour the Classical Greco-Roman world through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Romantic Era to the 20th Century. It will briefly examine the world views that led to the development of the various styles and genres of the literature, track the changes in performance techniques, and discuss the transformation of the physical theater itself.

This special winter session, "From Primitive Religious Ritual to Contemporary Postmodern Performance: A Travelogue of Western Drama and Theatre," will be taught by a veteran of Theatre L'Homme Dieu.

Dr. Robert Schultz, professor emeritus of performance studies at Texas A&M University, spent 10 summers with Theatre L'Homme Dieu. He earned his Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been active as an actor, director, designer, and producer in professional, community and educational theatre for nearly 60 years.

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Among his over 100 production credits are the works of many of the world’s most famous playwrights, including: Pulitzer Prize winners Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edwin Albee, and Thornton Wilder; Nobel laureates George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.

Dr. Schultz’s Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival productions have won over 40 state, regional and national awards. His research has been published in various publications. He is co-author/co-editor of The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater and The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama.

The January course begins Tuesday, Jan. 17 and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, Jan. 26. All sessions are held from 3:15-4:45 p.m. The registration fee is $60 per person.

For more information or to register, please call 320-762-4510 or 888-234-1313, or visit alextech.edu/SeniorCollege .

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