This class will examine the development of the new theater forms, beginning with the rise of realism in the 1880’s through contemporary times. We will look at how changes in society were reflected in the arts, including painting, music, dance and, of course, theater. The twentieth century was full of calamitous events that shook our most foundational beliefs about the nature of the world we live in. Artists strove to capture the despair, as well as the soaring entry, that these changes inspired. Class sessions will include powerpoint lectures, video excerpts from plays, discussion and reading scripts aloud.
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