Contemporary Plays: Writing and Reading|
Spring 2018 not offered
Students will read plays currently or recently produced around the nation and write short-form dramatic pieces in response to and in conversation with the techniques and styles encountered. The course may be taken separately but is intended as a prelude to THEA399, Advanced Playwriting: Long Form.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(THEA)
Tracy Letts, AUGUST, OSAGE COUNTY
Edward Albee, THE GOAT
Lynn Nottage, RUINED
August Wilson, JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE
Tony Kushner, ANGELS IN AMERICA
Wole Soyinka, DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN
Paula Vogel, THE BALTIMORE WALTZ
Jose Rivera, SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY
Sarah Ruhl, THE CLEAN HOUSE
Jez Butterworth, JERUSALEM
Caryl Churchill, TOP GIRLS
David Mamet, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Nilo Cruz, ANNA IN THE TROPICS
Julia Cho, THE PIANO TEACHER
Annie Baker, THE ALIENS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Students will write a brief response to each assigned play read, with an emphasis on writing techniques employed. Students will biweekly write 10-20 page plays in dynamic conversation with reading from the week prior.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students must have taken intro to playwriting and one other creative writing class. Students will submit 10-page writing samples (plays only) to the instructor.
For the Writing Certificate, this course counts as an introductory course and as a workshop.