ENGL 349 Spring 2015 Contemporary Theatre 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 and in performance now? 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 roughly 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 and groups to be considered may include: The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman, Robert Wilson, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Caryl Churchill, Tony Kushner, David Henry-Hwang, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Kane, Will Eno, Richard Maxwell, Annie Baker, and others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on written and dramaturgical-based assignments, an oral presentation, 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: 3780
ENGL 349 - 01 (S) SEM Contemp Thea & Performance Division 1: Languages and the Arts Amy S. Holzapfel
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM 62CtrThea&Dance Seminar Rm 167 3780
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