Dramatic Masters: Comedy and Social Critique

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Dramatic Masters

Spring 2021

Taught By: Victoria Abrash

Section: A

CRN: 8555

Credits: 4

Comedy has been speaking truth to power forever - or for at least 2500 years. Laughter opens minds and engages audiences in ideas that matter. This dramatic literature course explores major works by playwrights who are masters of using comedy for skewering social critique. Trace the line of playwrights from Aristophanes in 5th century BCE to Moliere in the 17th century to Caryl Churchill and David Henry Hwang in the 20th and 21st centuries, to Jordan E. Cooper today -- and to Trevor Noah, Amber Ruffin, and a host of media stars who use humor to comment on, and sometimes even change, society. Students will read plays and watch films and performances to understand the writers' methods and goals, the way the plays work in performance, whether on stage or via media, how they take on complex issues, and how comedies of social critique continue to offer a bullhorn for ideas today. This course fulfills the dramatic literature requirement for Theater majors and minors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021