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DRAMA 365 A: Ethnic Studies In Drama

Asian-American Theatre

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
HUT 130

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As our country becomes more and more diverse with predictions that by 2042 America will be a minority majority culture, does Asian American Theatre become more relevant or less? What is Asian American Theatre and what is its significance in our multicultural landscape? In this course, we will look at the genesis, evolution and revolutionary construct of Asian American Theatre including the most current discourse around the country on conscientious casting, artistic freedom and responsibility, and diversity and inclusion. Through reading, discussion and critical analysis of plays by Wakako Yamauchi, Philip Kan Gotanda and David Henry Hwang to the newest works by Asian American playwrights, students will explore the role of Asian American Theatre as a socio-political tool in helping to define what it means to be Asian in America and deepen their understanding of events as recent as the yellow face casting controversies in Seattle and nation-wide over the past year, and the 2015 diversity in theatre challenge issued by East West Players.

Catalog Description: 
Theatre and plays, post-World War II to the present. Style, content, and context explored. Emphasis on social, political, and economic milieu from which theatre arose. Playwrights studied may include Alice Childress, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Percy Mtwa, Luis Valdez, and Maria Fornes. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302.
GE Requirements: 
Social Sciences (SSc)
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 12:44pm