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American Culture Studies

Contemporary American Theater

American Culture Studies 378B - Spring 2020

This course is a focused investigation of the aesthetic, political, and urban landscapes of the contemporary American theatre. We will read published and unpublished plays, familiarize ourselves with the country's most important companies, festivals, and institutions, and discuss issues facing the American theatre now. We will explore the role of the arts in urban planning and development, and address the relationship between higher education and arts institutions, paying particular attention to ideas of community engagement and social justice work undertaken by both. Artists to be studied may include Paula Vogel, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lynn Nottage, Young Jean Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Annie Baker. This course will include a mandatory class trip at the end of March to the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. Students will prepare for this trip by reading the works of featured playwrights and establishing a research project that will be carried out on-site. There will be a $75 student contribution to the cost of this trip; the Performing Arts department is committed to assisting students for whom this fee is financially burdensome. In consultation with and with the permission of the instructor, this course may fulfill the Fieldwork requirement for American Culture Studies majors.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM

Section 01

Contemporary American Theater
INSTRUCTOR: Paige McGinley
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