COMP 355
Contemporary Theatre and Performance
Last Offered Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed THEA 345 / ENGL 349 / COMP 355
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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As Gertrude Stein once remarked, “The hardest thing is to know one’s present moment.” What is going on in the world of theatre and performance today? What are the hot topics in our current artistic landscape? Who are the writers, performers, and directors of the past two decades? This seminar will consider both experimental and mainstream drama and performance from the twenty-first century, focusing on topics such as: post-dramatic theatre, devised performance, social practice, participatory and immersive theatre, hyper-naturalism, post-identity performance, and weird theatre. Artists and collectives to be considered may include: Suzan-Lori Parks, Will Eno, Richard Maxwell and the NYC Players, Young Jean Lee, Annie Baker, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Anne Washburn, Taylor Mac, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Adly Guirgus, Miguel Gutierrez, Elevator Repair Service, The Wooster Group, and Nature Theatre of Oklahoma. As a final project, students will work individually or in small groups to create a script or short performance that addresses the question: “What is the most important story to be telling through performance right now?” Students may be required to attend theatre, dance, and other performances at the ’62 Center and beyond.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 8-10
Class#: 3943
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: written and dramaturgical-based assignments, an oral presentation, a mid-term paper, in-class discussions, and a final paper or performance
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors; Comparative Literature or English majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 345 Division I ENGL 349 Division I COMP 355 Division I

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