ENGL 349 Fall 2012 Contemporary Drama and Performance

Cross Listed as COMP355, THEA345
As Gertrude Stein once remarked, "The hardest thing is to know one's present moment." What is going on it today's theatre? What are the hot topics? Who are the writers and directors of our recent past and present moment? This seminar course will consider both experimental and mainstream drama and performance from the past twenty years, focusing on topics such as: auteur-directors, new realism, identity theatre, environmental theatre, performance art, cyber-plays, and the "virtuosic theatre" of the new century. Artists to be considered may include: The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman, Robert Wilson, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Rachel Rosenthal, Caryl Churchill, Mac Wellman, Tony Kushner, David Henry-Hwang, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Kane, Richard Maxwell, Annie Baker, and others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on written and dramaturgical-based assignments as well as in-class discussions and a creative writing and/or performance project
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Theatre, Art History, English or Comparative Literature majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1553
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