Instructor: Epstein                        Online

This course considers dramatic literature of the 20th and 21st centuries from around the world and from a plurality of cultures and languages. In exploring and reflecting upon the varied traditions of dramatic performance, the class will learn about multiple conventions of existential, modern theatrical traditions as well as fundamental concepts that make the theatrical form one of social and personal transformation. We will examine techniques for analyzing and synthesizing various points of view, starting with the influential play, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, as a foundation. In so doing we will discover the ways in which the collaborative art of theatre constructs and illuminates meaning while speaking to audiences across world communities, including those by Ariel Dorfman, Wole Soyinka, and Joanna Murray-Smith.