Wednesday Night Workshop on thursdays
The Wednesday Night Workshops—traditionally held on Thursdays—are special workshops we design among ourselves to explore topics of interest which complement our regular class studies. They are fewer weeks long than a regular term and anyone can attend. They are held in my home. We take turns bringing dessert.

Below are some examples of workshops we designed between 1992 and 2000.
Intro to Interpretation: Play Script and Film Versions
1. Reading of A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
2. Reading and discussion
3. Comparison of selected scenes from two different film versions of the playscript:
1) Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando (1951), and
2) Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin (1995).
Note: We will also try to see the SF Opera version
4. Reading of Days of Wine and Roses, by J. P. Miller
5. Reading and discussion
6. Comparison of selected scenes from two different film versions of the playscript:
1) Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie (1958) and
2) Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (1961, nominated for five Academy Awards)
Voices of Vocal Authority: Politician and Poet
Each student will prepare and perform the text of one political speech and one poem.
Listening selections for the course:
1. John F. Kennedy: UN Address, September 26, 1961
2. John F Kennedy: Berlin Wall, June 26, 1963
3. John Gielgud: Sonnet 29, William Shakespeare
4. Franklin D. Roosevelt: Inaugural Address, 1933
5. Hitler (radio snippet only, c. 1933)
6. Maxim Gorky: First Congress of the USSR Writers’ Union, 1934
7. Vladimir Mayakowsky: poem addressed to The Sun, recorded on wax cylinder, 1922
8. Billy Sunday: opposing the repeal of prohibition, c. 1933
9. Sermon, Black Southern Baptist, from FM radio (1988)
10. Richard Burton: Now as I was young… from Anthology of Classic Poetry
Life Before NEA and PC or The Dark Impulses
Art is, in fact, a magic incantation. Obscure homicidal forces lurk in our entrails, deadly impulses to kill, destroy, hate, dishonor. Then art appears with its sweet piping and delivers us. –Kazantzakis
We will be reading selections from the following:
Incest, Blasphemy
The Outrageous Saint, Lope de Vega (1562-1635)
The Cenci, Shelley (pub. 1820)
Don Carlos, Schiller (1787)
Pericles, Shakespeare (pub. 1609)
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Ford (1633)

Ravages of War
The Siege of Numantia, Cervantes (1585)
Skin of Our Teeth, Wilder (1942)
Yes is For a Very Young Man, Stein (pub. 1949)
Ruzzante Returns From the Wars, Beolco (1520-42)

Venereal Disease
Ghosts, Ibsen (1881)

Post-Retirement Romance
When We Dead Awaken, Ibsen (1897/9)

Feminism, Multi-Culturalism
Lysistrata, Aristophanes (411 B.C.)

Visually and Physically Handicapped
The Oresteian Trilogy, Aeschylus (458 B.C.)
The Intruder, Maeterlinck (trans. pub. 1892)
Richard III, Shakespeare (1593)
Ghost Sonata, Strindberg (1907)
The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams (1945)

The Lulu Plays, Wedekind (1903)

Sex Education
Spring’s Awakening, Wedekind (1890/91)

Physical Abuse
Punch and Judy, Traditional (pub. 1860)

Excessive Violence
The Grand Guignol, anthol. ed. Mel Gordon (1897-1962)

The Ubu Cycle, Jarry (1896)

Other Issues Addressed in the Dramatic Canon:

Abandoned Children
Drug Abuse
Marital Discord
Unwanted Pregnancy
Childhood Trauma
Failing Political Systems

Add some of the others you come across in your reading:
The One-Act Play: Texts for Performance
(Some Modern Playwrights You Should Know)
1. Edna St. Vincent Millay: Aria da Capo
2. Jean-Baptiste Moliere, The Precious Damsels
3. Anton Chekhov, The Proposal and The Bear
4. Eugene Ionseco, The Lesson
5. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Feathertop
6. August Strindberg, The Stronger
7. Edward Albee, Zoo Story
8. Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
9. Guillaume Appolinaire, The Breasts of Tiresias
10. Tennessee Williams, Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen
The One-Act Play: Texts for Performance
(A Few More Modern Playwrights You Should Know)
1. George Bernard Shaw, Overruled
2. Edmond Rostand, The Romantics
3. Edward Albee, The American Dream
4. Tennessee Williams, Lord Byron’s Letter and Lady of Larkspur Lotion
5. Jean Anouilh, Ring Round the Moon