Modern American Theater - Fall 2018
(LIT337-1 FA2018)

In this course we will study the works of great American playwrights—some contemporary, and some important voices from the past—whose work illuminates and perhaps bridges the many divides that confront members of American society. We’ll read Lorraine Hansberry, Charles Fuller, August Wilson, Anna Deveare-Smith, and Suzan-Lori Parks, in conversation with Sam Shepard, David Mamet, and Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams—all ground-breaking playwrights—and representing the complex racial, cultural, geographic, and ethnic layering that is human experience. Our readings will be enlivened by the necessary element of performance, which requires public realization somewhere beyond the words, beyond the private.