Dramatic Masters: Comedy and Social Critique

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Comedy and Social Critique
Spring 2023
Taught By: Victoria Abrash
Section: A

CRN: 10785

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, countless TikTokkers, 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: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:10am EDT 4/1/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 517
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023