Script Lab, or THTR 1019-001, is a class for theatre BA or BFA majors that explores the theoretical and structural aspects of various scripts and playwrights. At CU, this is a class that is necessary for every theatre major of all levels and is a great class for meeting people in the theatre program. For some, literary analysis can be a real challenge. If you follow these 5 tips, you’ll be able to breeze through Script Lab at CU Boulder regardless of your literary skill.
1. Read the plays that are assigned.
There’s no way you’d be able to pass any class that’s literary-based without reading the material, and this especially rings true with Script Lab. This entire class will focus on reading the plays that are assigned to you in depth, and by not reading the plays, you won’t be able to apply these readings to your structural or theoretical analysis. That’s how 90% of your grade is formed, so it’s crucial that you thoroughly read the material.
2. Do the play maps.
A play map is something you’ll be asked to do multiple times during the semester. They outline the characters in each play and their relationships to each other, as well as listing the germ and inciting climaxes of each play. These aren’t worth a lot of points individually, and 4 of them are automatically dropped from your grade, but they add up at the end of every semester. It’s also a way for the teacher to measure your participation and attendance.
3. Complete the Lock & Keys.
Although the class doesn’t use the textbook much, when reading from it is assigned, you’re expected to do a lock and key. It’s a very easy assignment – you just have to come up with one question pertaining to the reading and one thought you had from it. This can be assigned to the textbook, or a number of other readings and videos you’ll have to do. These are similar to play maps in that they are small, but they do add up. Doing them is a good way to ensure your grade stays up all semester.
4. Don’t procrastinate.
In this class, it’s incredibly important that you avoid putting off essays and assignments. You’ll have two big essays, one presentation, and one final group presentation that will make up a giant portion of your grade. The best way to ensure you do well on these is to get them done as soon as you can so you can have them reviewed during office hours and get feedback on them ASAP.
5. Engage in discussions.
Participation is an easy way to get a majority of your points that will make your grade. Discussions are super easy if you’ve read the material and done your work (which you should be doing anyway), and they’re super fun too! You’re in a class with other people who are just as enthusiastic about this subject as you are, so don’t be afraid to really engage with your peers in class. Plus, it shows the instructor that you really care.
THTR 1019-00 is a mandatory class for the theatre department that all theatre or literary nerds should take at some point. If reading plays and discussing their backgrounds, themes, and other analytical aspects sounds like fun to you, then this class was made for you. Don’t be intimidated by the word “analysis” – with these tips, you’ll pass Script Lab in no time.