Documentary Theater for Social Impact

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Doc. Theater for Social Impact

Spring 2020

Taught By: Victoria Abrash

Section: A

CRN: 7058

Credits: 4

Documentary Theater - plays created from material drawn from the real world, from the documentary record - can have a powerful effect. Interviews, court transcripts, news articles, data, legal documents, and other sources have inspired an important & growing form of theater, notable for both its artistry and its impact for social change. Works such as The Laramie Project, Fires in the Mirror, The Exonerated, & many other documentary theater pieces have played a role in raising awareness, informing, spurring action, and galvanizing opinions on important issues, achieved by sharing truth on stage. This course explores the history, theory & literature of documentary theater, from early 20th century spectacles to Depression era Living Newspapers to a range of work being created today. Students will read representative plays, discover a range of writers and their methods, & study a variety of traditions, techniques, issues, & exemplars of the form. In addition to studying play texts, and contextual writings, students will also view films & performances, hear leading artists' & activists' perspectives, & try out approaches & source material of their own. This course fulfills a dramatic literature requirement and a civic engagement/social justice requirement for the BA in Theater.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

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: 11:16pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 262

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020