What's the root of drama? Conflict. How do human beings create and resolve conflict? Dialogue. Does this work? Not always. This course examines old and new plays to understand human struggle through written and performed drama. Course includes attending at least two live performances (MR BURNS at ACT and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Seattle Rep). Plays will be read in units, an old and a new play that examine similar questions or engage similar stylistic techniques.
Preliminary partial list of readings:
Annie Baker, THE FLICK with Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Anne Washburn's MR BURNS with Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT
Stephen Adly Guirgis's BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY with Miller's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Brandon Jacobs Jenkins AN OCTOROON with Brecht's MOTHER COURAGE
David Henry Hwang's GOLDEN CHILD with Shakespeare's KING LEAR
Augusto Boal THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED