Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Riccio, Thomas
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6330 Section 501
R Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
New Plays 1980 to 2009

Description of Course:

This course will explore and analyze a wide variety of international plays and performance expressions from the period of 1980 to the present. The course will consider a variety of critical approaches and theories of performance as it examines historical and cultural sociopolitical and aesthetic contexts, and the role of theater and performance in a world undergoing profound cultural transformation.

Student Learning Objectives
1) To comprehensively examine various literary trends and ideas as presented in selections of drama from 1980 to the present.
2) To obtain a critical base for analysis and interpretation of selected representative contemporary plays and performance expressions.
3) Develop dramaturgical skills enabling the reading of plays as literary, dramatic, and cultural expressions.
4) Use the readings to examine philosophical, sociological, cultural and ethical issues concerning life in the 21 century.

Required Texts:

New Downtown Now: An Anthology of New Theatre form Downtown New York, Univ. of Minnesota Press

Unbalancing Acts: foundations for Theatre, TCG Press

Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theatre, and Culture, Peter Lang Publisher

Additional play texts available via eLearning.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

• Assigned Readings, class participation in discussion
• Four Essays 1) Analysis, 2) Context, 3) History, 4) Interpretation. Each approximately 3-5 pages in length
• Independent video viewing of film versions of select plays
• Final Dramaturgical Project

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