The Writer and The World 1
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Drama
Department: Playwriting
Course Number: TDRM 5173
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Playwriting
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.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
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.


Open to School of Drama students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to New York City students.


Open to Playwriting students.