The Writer and The World 2

School of Drama: Playwriting

Graduate Course

Majors Only

The Writer and The World 2

Spring 2020

Taught By: Christopher Shinn

Section: A

CRN: 1660

Credits: 4

The course will explore conflict and meaning in plays and playwriting. Conflict: Following a didactic introduction to inner conflict, we will establish and examine the inner conflicts of protagonists and secondary characters by investigating classic and contemporary plays, theoretical readings, and, most substantially, student writing exercises. Meaning: We will read classic and contemporary plays for theme and meaning, examine anthropological and psychoanalytic theories of drama, and investigate meaning in student work. Integration: As we deepen our understanding of conflict and meaning, we will work to integrate these two aspects of playwriting into the organic whole which is their natural state and from which we have artificially separated them out. We will explore how the successful integration of conflict and meaning manifests as plot and can be thought of, simply, as the story of the play. Less centrally, the course will also explore the evocation of psychological and political truth through theatrical effect.

Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Playwriting (TPLW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 4

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 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: 7:50am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 10:00am - 12:55pm

Building: Drama 151 Bank

Room: 105

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020