American Theatre in the Mid-Twentieth Century

  • Spring 2017
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • BA Drama and Theatre Arts: (second-year drama course, lecturer)

This course is designed to give students a detailed overview of the American theatre in the twentieth century, its texts and contexts. In addition to a number of plays, the course also looks at a number of the key companies, groups, and practitioners producing work at this time, such as the Provincetown Players, the Black Arts Movement, and the Open Theater, and examine the importance of Broadway and Off-Broadway movements in general. As one of the modules in the Elements of Theatre History series, it focuses upon the social, historical and political backgrounds to this period, and the effects of these upon the texts and groups under discussion.