Theatre and Drama | Studies in Modern & Contemporary Theatre
T573 | 25536 | Solomon, R
T573 STUDIES IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: SOLOMON
THEATRE IN EUROPE, 1945-2004
This course will examine major developments in the modern and
contemporary theatre in Europe, roughly from the end of the Second
World War to the present. We will focus on some of the most
significant playwrights of this period and examine their
characteristic preoccupations, unique styles, and their particular
contribution to the shaping of this theatre. We will also analyze
how these playwrights engage with the social, political, and
cultural tensions of the World War II era, the Cold War years, and
the post-Soviet-Union period. We will, in addition, look at the role
of actors, directors, designers, theatre organizations, and theatre
theorists in the formation of this post-World War II European
Readings, discussions, lectures, and student reports; numerous video
Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot.
Eugene Ionesco. The Bald Soprano.
Bertolt Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children.
Jean Genet. The Balcony.
John Osborne. Look Back in Anger.
Harold Pinter. The Homecoming.
Peter Weiss. Marat/Sade.
David Storey. The Changing Room.
Dario Fo. Mistero Buffo.
Slawomir Mrozek. Tango.
Caryl Churchill. Cloud Nine.
Brian Friel. Dancing at Lughnasa.
Michel Vinaver. Overboard.
Pam Gems. Piaf.
Vaclav Havel. Temptation.
Franz Xavier Kroetz. Through the Leaves.
Martin McDonagh. The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Alan Ayckbourn. Comic Potential.
David Hare. Stuff Happens (opening this month in London; to be
published Sep 2004).
Two oral reports (15 minutes each) on plays read in class, one 10-
page paper, four 2-page reviews. No examinations.