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DRAMA 494 A: Special Studies In Theatre And Drama

Performing the Past: Living History Museums, Re-enactments, Pageantry

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
HUT 130
Scott Magelssen, in the Space Shuttle simulator at the Museum of Flight
Scott Magelssen

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A theme park puts on a live slave auction even as Civil Rights activists occupy the stage. A Kansas community relives a Confederate raid on their town, all on Twitter. YouTube invites us to “Ask a Slave” questions about her work on George Washington’s plantation (and puts haters in their place). A resort in Mexico offers tourists a vacation package including the chance to play illegal migrant workers trying to sneak across the border into the U.S.

Museums, Renaissance Festivals, CosPlay, battle reenactments, social media. How do these performances remember, make sense of, re-do history? In this class we’ll take on these questions, and make some performances of our own.

Catalog Description: 
Topics in drama, history, and criticism. See Time Schedule for specific topic. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 12:42pm