Masterpieces of American Drama

School of Drama: Theatre History

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Masterpieces of American Drama

Fall 2020

Taught By: Gary Vena

Section: A

CRN: 4198

Credits: 2

At the dawn of the 20th Century, a bold new drama gradually replaced melodrama, America's reigning theatrical form in the latter half of the 19th Century. This "modern" drama was shaped by the Industrial revolution, the birth of psychoanalysis, the new Eurpoean "stagecraft", and the independent theatre movement, represented in America by the Provicetown Players. We will analyze the substatial achievment of the ensuing century, focusing on the masterworks of selected playwrights, ranging from the avante garde to poetic realism to postmodernism, including their political contexts. A thematic arrangement of presentation replaces a chronological sequencing, since these plays continue to enjoy many lives in revival.

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: Theatre History (THHS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 5:31am 6/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 907

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