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Contemporary American Theater

Drama 378 - Spring 2021

This course is a focused investigation of the contemporary American theater, and an exploration of the role students will play in its future as artists and audiences. We will read published and unpublished plays, familiarize ourselves with the country's most important companies, festivals, and institutions, and discuss issues facing the American theatre now. We will also explore the artistic experiments (socially-distant performance, Zoom plays, promenade theater, audio drama, and more) taken up in the face of COVID-19 restrictions and undertake some experiments of our own. We'll listen to artists who have chronicled systemic racism in the American theater and consider what it would take to "build back better." Artists whose works will be studied may include Mimi Lien, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Annie Baker, Sylvan Oswald, and Quiara Alegría Hudes. In consultation with the instructor, this course may fulfill the Fieldwork requirement for American Culture Studies majors.

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Contemporary American Theater
INSTRUCTOR: Paige McGinley
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