TR Online SYNC 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
Theatre in the US is always already in a state of crisis, as proclamations of theatre’s imminent death, past demise, or future dismay recur. Whether the theatre is still dying, theatre makers continue to produce vibrant and vital work. This course will familiarize students with contemporary playwriting from 2000 to the present. Texts and approaches to contemporary drama will be discussed and analyzed to probe the aesthetic, cultural, social, political, and performative issues raised by the theatre of today. We will explore the ways in which theater and performance have contributed to both the construction and deconstruction of an American subjectivity and the identity of American drama. Students will gain practice in how to read plays, how to see plays in performance and finally, how to write about plays in our current moment.