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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 382 / THR 382 (LA)   No Audit

International Theatre: Plays and Politics

Mara L. Isaacs
Tamsen O. Wolff

This course addresses when and why producing political theatre matters. We will look specifically at contemporary and canonical plays from around the globe that take on various political crises (e.g., the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Chile under Pinochet, the Liberian Civil War, the Arab Spring). In order to consider the challenges of producing highly charged political theatre, students will also attend professional productions and hear directly from artists who are engaged in making this kind of theatre around the world.

Sample reading list:
Marta Eloy Cichocka (Poland), Life is a Dream
Danai Jekesai Gurira (Liberia), Familiar
Taher Najib (Palestine), In Spitting Distance
Griselda Gambaro (Argentina), Information for Foreigners
Bela Pinter (Hungary), Our Secrets
Athol Fugard (South Africa), The Island
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages per week reading; weekly short response papers (15%); one 8-page paper (30%), presentations (25%), attendance and participation (30%). Travel to NYC and/or Philadelphia for theater show(s).

Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
ENG Majors Distribution Area: Modernity and/or Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40489 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed