World Theater and Performance

Discipline: Drama
Instructor: Lay
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1 | South Africa Download Syllabus

This course explores traditional theatre and performance forms indigenous to the countries visited. Class discussions and readings will be supplemented by films or attendance at live performances and meetings with international theatre practitioners when in port. Student will start by reading American classics such as A Raisin in the Sun, as a way to begin discussing the relationship between theatre and national cultures. Then, the itinerary of the voyage will guide the studies. The course ends by re-examining American drama in the context of what has been observed of theatre and performance models around the world.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1

Students will travel to the famous Fugard Theatre for a tour/talk/performance. Athol Fugard is South Africa’s most significant and internationally acclaimed playwright. For over fifty years he has written soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the racism, barbarity and inhumanity of apartheid. The Fugard Theatre provides a crucible of creativity and beacon of humanity for all South Africans regardless of race, color, gender or creed. The Fugard Theatre is located in District 6 and honors the history and memory of that vibrant community which was so savagely uprooted during the apartheid era. One of the most stirring and explosive chapters in World Theatre History.