Course Description

These reading sessions offer an engaging method for comprehending literature that you may be familiar with or are learning about for the first time on a deeper level. Reading can be fun, but plays are designed to be recited aloud, not read by oneself. This is a terrific chance to bring the plays to life. Anyone interested in theater, leisure reading, or simply wanting to meet other community members may find the programs appealing. These sessions will also be helpful to any acting student because they provide a fantastic opportunity to immerse oneself in the play’s atmosphere. We will examine the plays’ themes, plots, literary styles, and historical context in a welcoming and engaging environment. The instructor will select different play every semester, and open to suggestions.

Students are required to purchase the editions specified by the instructor from Harper's Bookstore before coming to class, see the column to the right and find the Section Notes for more information. 



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Section Title
Play Reading Series
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Sep 10, 2024 to Oct 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $175.00
Section Notes

Fall 2024
Harper Theatre Ensemble’s production of The Odd Couple is hitting the stage this November. Let’s explore what makes this Neil Simon play such an enduring classic, and how it has been adapted to recast Oscar and Felix as Olive and Florence or to reset the comedy in more contemporary times examining how attitudes toward divorce and gender roles have changed. We will read The Odd Couple in its entirety and excerpts from the other versions. Depending on availability, we will the opportunity sit in on a rehearsal. 

Participants will be using the acting editions of the following titles: 

The Odd Couple, Neil Simon 9780573613319

The Odd Couple (female version) Neil Simon 9780573618284

Oscar and Felix   Neil Simon 9780573601941

Dramaturgy for both plays (created and provided by the instructor).

Minimum 6, Maximum 12

Ages 16+


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