THEA 340
Theatre in an Age of Apartheid Spring 2018
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
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“Separate Development;” “Good Neighborliness”; “Separate But Equal.” Such terminology has been used to rationalize apartheid, a policy by which segregation and discrimination are enacted on the grounds of race. While it is tempting to view apartheid as a historical condition, popularly equated with South Africa, the policy continues to be applied, albeit sometimes more covertly, throughout the world today. How has the art form of theatre both arisen under and been used to challenge apartheid, as well as other race-based discriminatory systems? In this course, we will consider plays and productions from the apartheid era in South Africa, as well as in other countries where theatre has addressed this notion of “separateness”. We will look back at them from the vantage point of where we find ourselves in 2018, as a way to understand what part apartheid still plays in our societies, wherever they may be. Works to be considered include: Sarafina! by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela; Woza Albert! by John Kani and Winston Ntshona; You Strike the Woman You Strike the Rock by Phyllis Klotz, Thobeka Maqhutyama, Nomvula Qosha, and Poppy Tsira; “Master Harold”…and the boys by Athol Fugard; Born in the RSA by Barney Simon and the Company; The Peacock Of Silwan by Chen Alon and Company; A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry; Dutchman by Amiiri Baraka; Funny House of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy; Showboat (The musical) by Rodgers & Hammerstein; The Admission by Motti Lerner; Ani Ha-shoah by Natali Cohen Vaxberg.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 3531
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: committed participation in class, timely completion of assignments, a final written or staged project; attendance at spring '18 rehearsals and performance at the AMT
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative

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