1500 Word Reaction Paper Due:Tuesday, April 14, 11:59 PM Maximum Points: 100
This half of the “final exam” is to See a Play and Write a 1500 Word Reaction Paper. Due to the current situation, you won’t be able to see a live production, so you’ll need to watch the recorded version of the Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. Click on the link in the unit and sign in with your FIU username and password just like you did to watch Oedipus the King. This assignment is the capstone written part of the course. Please watch the play after you have completed the learning activities in the units on Directing and Designing, so you can watch the play with the perspectives of all the artists that collaborate to create a production. This paper is my way of assessing your understanding of each of those perspectives and how they work together to create a unified work of theatrical art. Please note: the assignment is a Reaction Paper, not a research paper. Your observations, descriptions and opinions about the details of the play and the production of the play are essential.
Please create your paper (consisting of at least 1500 words) and save it as a Word document. Submit the paper by scrolling down to the Turnitin.com drop box directly below these guidelines in the module. Click on the underlined words View/Submit and follow instructions.
Please be aware that Turnitin.com is a plagiarism detection software and that your paper will be automatically compared to millions of sources from around the world. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic integrity and will be dealt with as such. Remember, this is a reaction paper, not a research paper, so everything in the paper must be a result of your own thinking, ideas, perceptions, observations and or feelings.
It is strongly recommended that you write the paper as soon after you see the production as possible. The assignment should be completed before the due date to be eligible for full credit. Late papers will be accepted for partial credit until April 18th at 11:59 PM, after which no papers will be accepted.
The paper should be a 1500 word essay focusing on your reaction to the play/production, and to the quality of the production. Make sure to back up statements of opinion or observations with descriptive examples drawn from the show to illustrate what lead you to your conclusions. The three main questions to consider are:
these are not “yes/no” questions, but “why or why not”
questions. Don’t waste space/words detailing the plot or the story. About
one third of the paper should discuss questions one and two. Two thirds of the
paper should contain detailed, descriptive examples from the elements of the
production that either helped you understand and enjoy the play or got in the
way of your understanding and enjoyment and why or why not.