English 252. Contemporary Drama: The Tip of the Iceberg
Just as painting changed with the invention of the camera, contemporary plays continue to be influenced by television and film. Some playwrights use the influence to create a new twist on the realistic tradition, while others write highly theatrical, often nonlinear pieces that can only be performed for the stage. We will address the inherent tensions between these dramatic strategies, taking up the question of how content (political, socioeconomic, race, gender and aesthetic concerns) affects form. Readings will range from recent Pulitzer Prize winners to hot-off-the-press unproduced plays by some of America’s most renowned, as well as emerging, playwrights.