Staging Resistance

School of Drama: Acting Technique

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Staging Resistance

Fall 2019

Taught By: Isaac Butler

Section: A

CRN: 5617

Credits: 2

In moments of cultural crisis, we turn to art for solace, to understand the world around us, and, crucially, to respond to it. In our current moment, the discussion of politics and art is inescapable, whether it’s the portrait of the founding fathers in Hamilton, debating the representational politics of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or asking who gets to decide what stories get told. But what do we actually mean when we talk about a work of art being political? Does “politics” only refer to the overt message of a text, or can it include the way it is structured, or even the process by which it was made? In this course, we will be examining several theatrical works in depth, investigating how they respond to the politics of their era as a way of learning how our art can respond to the politics of ours. This is a craft seminar, where the goal is making us better artists, thinkers, and readers, using theatre that responds to crisis as its theme. Together we’ll look at plays by a diverse group of writers such as Shakespeare, Wole Soyinka, Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, Emily Mann, Anna Deavere Smith, Lynn Nottage etc., mining their work for techniques, lessons, and cautionary tales that can help us make our own. The final project of this course will be an original creative work, and there will be smaller assignments, both creative and critical, along the way. No previous creative writing or dramatic experience is required. Just be prepared to read, write, think, talk and create.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Acting Technique (TUAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 9:01am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 908

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019