I have completely overhauled my semester-long professional development and my key terms project from my Comp Theory class. Previously, I was planning to create a course sequence for a Shakespeare class but I wasn't very interested in this idea. Then I had considered a reading list doing double duty as Artistic Director list and as precursor to Comp list.
This has all gone out the window with the revision of my key terms project. At first, I was going to tackle "rhetoric" - and specifically how Shakespeare uses rhetoric. But this wasn't really fitting into the purpose of the project. After class last week, I was so interested by our discussions of authenticity. This is exactly the question I struggle with in producing THE RAW. How do you create the most "authentic" theatrical experience possible? Especially when theatre is inherently a fake, constructed space. It's not real. We know it's not real. How, then, can you create something truthful or something authentic in this kind of space?
I must love this blog so much already, because I am thinking of creating another blog specifically exploring this question of authenticity. Maybe it can be the same blog? Why not? I'm hopeful I can attract some guest authors who can post their own thoughts and experiences with this question. I'd also like to post some video from our productions. The plan is (at least for now) to have this blog reflect the work of the semester dealing with this question of "authenticity" and also to compile (for the key terms project) an annotated bibliography of sorts to handle the literature I am digging up on the subject.