Jyana Sunshine Browne
Theatre and plays, post-World War II to the present. Style, content, and context explored. Emphasis on social, political, and economic milieu from which theatre arose. Playwrights studied may include Alice Childress, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Percy Mtwa, Luis Valdez, and Maria Fornes. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302.
We will read and analyze the works of contemporary Asian-American playwrights, including David Henry Hwang, Young Jean Lee, Philip Kan Gotanda, Julia Cho, and Ping Chong. We will explore how each artist engages with our historical moment through the medium of performance. We will also investigate the lives of these artists, looking at the strategies Asian-American actors and playwrights use to increase artistic and career opportunities.
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General method of instruction
Group discussion and performance activities.
Class assignments and grading