This play introduced the world to the word “robot.” It was written by Karel Capek in 1920, premiered in Prague early in 1921, performed in New York in 1922, and published in English translation in 1923. The following year, G. B. Shaw and G. K. Chesterton were among those in London participating in a public discussion of the play. Capek responded, via The Saturday Review, to what he felt was the excessive thematic attention they and other critics paid to one of his devices: “For myself, I confess that as the author I was much more interested in men than in Robots.”
The Corpus Christi Play was an annual outdoor event, involving hundreds of actors; it was already a long-established tradition by the end of the 14th century. With the combined support of the Church and the merchants who ”sponsored” individual plays, the annual performance continued until suppressed by the Protestant Reformation in the late 16th century.
Do you enjoy watching musicals? Would you like to make the experience even more meaningful for your students/children? These pages exist to provide educators and parents with additional lesson ideas and activities linked to popular musicals. We’re starting with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As Catholic home-schooling parents, we’ve looked for a religious connection whenever possible.
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Activities for the Stage Musical and Film
- Man of La Mancha Lesson Plans: Activities for the Stage Musical and Film
- Narnia Lesson Plans: Activities for the Stage Musical Adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- It’s a Wonderful Life Lesson Plans: Activities Related to the 1946 Film and 1991 Stage Musical
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plans: Willy Wonka and Oompa-Loompa Activities Related to the Book, Films, and Stage Musical
According to Ferdinand Brunetière, drama involves”the spectacle of the will striving toward a goal, and conscious of the means which it employs.” How does “conflict” differ from “action” or “crisis”? Writers of fiction and drama will find this brief page useful.
I volunteer with a local theater company, making promotional videos and posting clips for archival and outreach purposes.
Here are some of my favorite videos.