Scene Lab: Performing War

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Scene Lab: Performing War

Fall 2020

Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann and Zishan Ugurlu

Section: A

CRN: 8665

Credits: 4

This is an advanced acting course/workshop. This course will examine Erwin Piscator, who taught at The New School from 1939-51 and whose political theater was a precursor to Bertolt Brecht’s epic theater. The course will explore war plays while operating as a combination of seminar and acting workshop and will be taught through the context of a Brechtian toolkit. The students will develop an analytical and practical understanding of theater-making while engaging with primary sources such as plays, archival footage, manifestos, declarations, and other historical documents. Through the diversity of the cohort and our co-teaching, students will gain an understanding of the fluid boundaries between art forms. Together we will also consider the complex interrelationship of war-related events from past and present and the continuity within concepts/structures such as imperialism or hegemony. Reading selections will include the writings and plays of Aristophanes, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Jawad Al-Assadi, Lynn Nottage, Suzan Lori Parks and Thich Nhat Hanh. This course invites students across multiple disciplines, particularly with provision for designers interested in exploring stagecraft. For this course, the students need only a laptop with a working camera or an external webcam (no preference) and a reliable high-speed internet connection.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 11:12pm 7/9/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/15/2020

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Date Range: 9/3/2020 - 12/17/2020