Course Schedule – Spring 2024 / Old Courses / WORLD OF THEATER

Coordinators: Yona Rogosin, Mary Ann Donnelly, Panny Mitchell, Nan McNamara

Theater has been present for 2,500 years and today Questers are fortunate to live at its epicenter. We will address the history of theater and the national, racial and cultural characteristics that can be found in the works of major playwrights and traditions.

This includes Western and Eastern forms and those considered uniquely African American. At each session, Questers will give mini-reviews of current productions.

A WEEK / TUESDAY / 10:30 PM – 12:00 PM

Sep 05Roy ClaryThe History of Theater from Antiquity to Modern: An Overview
Sep 19Lynnel Garabedian, Mary Ann DonnellyTheater Across the Pond: The Royal Theater of England; Irish Playwrights
Oct 03Ruth WardAmerican Theater: The Dramatic Work of Eugene O’Neill and Its Significance
Oct 17Nan McNamara, Sandy GordonAfrican American Theatrical Traditions: The Art of Minstreling; The Work and Influence of Playwright August Wilson
Oct 31Ellen ShapiroJapanese Theater: From Its Beginnings to Noh, Kabuki, and Butoh
Nov 14Michele MackeyAmerican Musicals: The Work and Influence of Rogers and Hammerstein
Dec 05Yona Rogosin, ModeratorPanel Discussion: The Theatrical Experience from the Perspective of The Creators of Theater


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