Off-Broadway: Contemporary American Playwriting (FYS)|
Fall 2022 not offered
This writing course focuses on plays by contemporary American writers from 1995 to the present and asks students to begin thinking deeply about how plays work. How are they constructed? How can story, plot, character, dialogue, spectacle, and theme work together to create magic onstage? What are plays trying to do? Focusing on work by women, queer artists, and writers of color, we will respond to plays that have appeared Off-Broadway in recent years. Playwrights we consider will include Suzan-Lori Parks, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kristoffer Diaz, Lucy Thurber, Adam Bock, Hansol Jung, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Jaclyn Backhaus, Thomas Bradshaw, and Diana Son.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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The following plays may be paired with critical reviews, interviews, or other materials: Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz, and plays by Lucy Thurber, Adam Bock, Hansol Jung, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Jaclyn Backhaus, Thomas Bradshaw, and Diana Son.
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Assignments include: Two response papers (3-6 pp. each), one production review (4-5 pp.), one creative project sparked by the plays we study, and one final essay. Because this course centers the practice of writing, students can expect to write, revise, and comment on classmates' writing regularly.
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