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Following FornÚs: Creativity, Intimacy, and Imagination
CHUM 352
Spring 2022 not offered
Crosslisting: THEA 352

This course undertakes an investigation and application of the creative process of visionary iconoclast Maria Irene FornÚs: a queer, Latinx playwright whose wildly idiosyncratic plays defied both convention and categorization. FornÚs' legendary workshops shaped a generation of playwrights, including Nilo Cruz, Caridad Svich, and Sarah Ruhl.

Students will engage with FornÚs' own creative process via her ephemera: in this case, the spoken fragments, outtakes, and audio marginalia left behind from the filming of her documentary collaboration with director Michelle Memran, "The Rest I Make Up." As I work to compile and cohere this material into a book, the class will be applying it, directly, to the conception and creation of their own performance works.

Students who are interested in writing/directing/devising live works of performance are best suited to this class. No former experience necessary, but a willingness to create and share live work and writing on a weekly basis is required. Our work will be contextualized by assigned research and writing into FornÚs as a key figure of the American theater, and will culminate in the presentation of our creative projects.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)

Last Updated on JUN-15-2024
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