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THE 075 – D1:Diversity:Cont US Theatre

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Course focuses on plays and playwrights in contemporary theatre exploring themes pertaining to race, sexuality, gender and the physically challenged. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Section Description: In this class we will read and discuss plays, and watch recordings of significant contemporary performances in the commercial and non-commercial world of American theatre and performance art. We will explore the aesthetic features of a theatrical production, as well as the ways these aesthetic choices mediate representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality on the stage. The term “Diversity” as it relates to this course applies to racial, cultural, sexual, and class identities. We will specifically study performances and apply critical analysis to plays that focus on African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a American, Native American, and Iranian American identities. This course is by no means a comprehensive study of each of these areas, but is rather meant as an introduction for the student to concepts of diversity as expressed in the contemporary US theatre and performance art. The class will cover performances and plays such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize winning, Hamilton; David Henry Hwang’s Yellowface; Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning, Topdog/Underdog; Monic Mojica’s Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots; Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit; Anna Devere-Smith’s Fires in the Mirror; Wafaa Bilal’s Domestic Tension.

CRN: 13276

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 15/25

Days Time Location
F 08:30 - 11:30 ROYALL TYLER THR 210

Instructor(s): Kathleen Maguire Gough

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017