Art and Social Action: Documentary Theater
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LTHR 3200
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Plays created from real world material are an important and growing form of theater. They are also effective tools for social change. Productions of The Laramie Project, Fires in the Mirror, The Exonerated, and many other of these works known as documentary theater, have had major real world impact by sharing truth on stage. This course explores the history, theory and literature of documentary theater, from early 20th century spectacles to Depression era Living Newspapers to today. Students will read plays created from interviews, transcripts, data and documents of all types and will study a variety of traditions, techniques, issues, and exemplars of the form. In addition to studying play texts, theory, and criticism, students will also view films and performances, hear leading artists' and activists' perspectives, and try out approaches and source material of their own. This course fulfills a dramatic literature requirement and a civic engagement & social justice reguirement for the BA in Theater.
Open to Undergraduate students.