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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 428 / AMS 428 / THR 428 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sex, Violence, Death and Other Entertainments for Kids: Challenging Drama for Youth

Robert Neil Sandberg

This course will examine a wide variety of highly imaginative plays for children and teens, focusing on how they work as plays and the challenges they present to youth and family audiences. For much of the 20th century, theater for young audiences was simplistic, safe and shallow. Now, plays for young audiences are tackling subjects like sex and death head on, and playwrights are creating works with sophisticated styles and structures. These are exciting theatrical works of the highest artistic order.

Sample reading list:
Iizuka, Anon(ymous)
Saar, The Yellow Boat
Brooks, The Wrestling Season
Gonzalez, The Magic Rain Forest: An Amazon Journey
Diamond/Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Disney, Aladdin, Jr.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments: Two short plays/week. Writing assignments: Blackboard posts (33%). Group project. Final paper or creative project (33%).

Paper in lieu of Final - 33%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 24%
Other (See Instructor) - 33%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
First year undergraduate student are welcome..

Other information:
ENG Major Distribution Area: Modernity

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ug/Sophomores Only 4

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42329 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:24 Limit:24 Closed