Staging Race and Performance

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Staging Race and Performance

Fall 2018

Taught By: Ricardo Montez

Section: A

CRN: 6997

Credits: 3

This seminar focuses on the theatricality of race. On the one hand, we will think about the social construction of race as a kind of “drama”---an embodied narrative that is linked to various social “scripts,” “actors,” sociological “performances,” national “plots” and historical “subplots.” On the other hand, we will focus on some of the challenges that come with re-presenting race in live-theatre contexts. What does it mean to “stage” racial difference? How might theatre and performance contribute to a national and/or transnational dialogue about race more specifically and the performativity of identity more broadly? Among the work we will consider will include Joshua Harman’s Bad Jews, Suzan Lori Park’s Venus, Jonathan Larson’s Rent, Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, and Guillermo Reyes’s Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown. These theatrical performances will be placed in conversation with scholarly work in the fields of performance studies and critical race theory. This course counts toward the Gender Studies minor.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:27am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 12/11/2018