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THEA0136

Dramatizing Black Experience

Dramatizing the Black Experience for the American Stage
In this course we will explore how influential contemporary African American dramatists bring to the American stage different aspects of the black experience. From William Branch’s A Medal For Willie (1951) to Dominique Morriseau’s Detroit ’67 (2013), readings will provide students the opportunity to investigate how plays are interpreted by actors and directors, and wrestle with topics such as voting rights, cultural appropriation, housing discrimination, gender inequality, and equal access to education. Beyond dramatic texts and critical readings, students will hear some of the playwrights (via video conferencing) offer their views on topics and issues we will discuss in class. 3 hrs. lect.
Subject:
Theatre
Department:
Theatre and Dance
Division:
Arts
Requirements Fulfilled:
ART CMP LIT NOR
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Fall 2014

THEA0136A-F14 Lecture (Nesmith)