Disability and Theatre

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Disability and Theatre

Fall 2021

Taught By: Ryan Donovan

Section: A

CRN: 11142

Credits: 3

Though disability and people with disabilities have been and continue to be marginalized in theatre, this course argues that disability has in fact been central to theatre for centuries, beginning with Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. We will track theatrical representations of disability and consider how definitions of what counts as disabling have evolved. We will ask how theatre stages these questions, how theatre-makers have grappled with disability representations, and how casting has contributed to contemporary attitudes toward disability. Readings will be drawn primarily from disability studies and its intersections with D/deaf studies, fat studies, and LGBTQ+ studies. Theatre about, by, and for people with disabilities will be studied, including plays (Cost of Living, The Fifth of July, The Glass Menagerie, Next to Normal, The Normal Heart, Richard III, Soot and Spit, Teenage Dick, and Tribes are among the works under consideration); solo performances by Hannah Gadsby, Terry Galloway, and Greg Walloch; and theatre companies such as Apothetae, Deaf West Theatre, and Phamaly Theatre Company.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (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: 12:57am 4/14/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021