Syllabus & Course Schedule (as of 01/14/2019) PDF

 Performance Review/Critique Assignment (PDF)

Description of course:

The study of theatre history from the late 17th century through the present. Emphasis on historical, philosophical, and sociological influences on the development of the theatre. Plays are read for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance.

Required Texts:

Wilson, Edwin, and Alvin Goldfarb. Living Theatre: A History. 5th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2006.

(this is an older edition- available in the bookstore or on – for a much lower price than the current edition).

Required Plays:  (excerpts from assigned plays will be provided - some plays in their entirety are available on*)

The School For Scandal* by Richard Sheridan, Faust by Johann Goethe, A Doll's House* by Henrik Ibsen, Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht, The Balcony by Jean Genet, Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss, Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill, Angels in America by Tony Kushner, The America Play by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Student Learning Outcomes:

SLO 1: Theatre students will analyze the historical, philosophical, and sociological influences on the development of Western theatre continuing with 17th century European theatre through to contemporary American theatre.

SLO 2: Theatre students will demonstrate an understanding of the chronological order of dramatic periods and the economic, political and social forces that give rise to each of these periods.

SLO 3: Theatre student will conceive, develop, and deliver a focused, memorized, and clear oral presentation. 


Power Point Presentations:

Introduction & review of Neoclassical Theatre (PDF)

Renaissance vs Enlightenment (PDF)

18th century Theatre (PDF)

18th century Theatre (space) changes & scenic innovations  (PDF)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (PDF)

18th century Acting (PDF)

18th century Theatre Government Regulations (PDF)

19th century Theatre and Entertainment (PDF)

19th century Melodrama & The Well Made Play (PDF)

A Doll's House Discussion items (The Well Made Play) PDF

19th Century- Actor - Stars (PDF)

AntiRealism & Symbolists (PDF)

Modernism (PDF)

Futurists (PDF)

Dada (PDF)

Bertolt Brecht (PDF)

European & World Theatre- Between the Wars (PDF)

Absurdist Theatre (PDF)

Fluxist Artists, Performance Art (PDF)

Antonin Artaud, Peter Brook & Marat/Sade (PDF)

Postmodernism (PDF)

Postwar Selective Realism (American Realism) (PDF)

Dramatic Structure : Caryl Churchill- Postmodern Feminist Playwright (PDF)

Caryl Churchill (PDF)

Gender & Diversity (1970s +) (PDF)

AIDS & Art (PDF)

1990s- Maria Irene Fornes, and Identity/Politics & The NEA 4 (PDF)

The America Play - Background, etc. (PDF)

FInal Exam Review (PDF)



School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Sweeny Todd: A Meolodrama (film) 

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

The Life of Galileo  by Bertolt Brecht 

The Balcony by Jean Genet

Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss (1967-film -based on the play)

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill (excerpt supplied by the instructor)


Angels in America by Tony Kushner (available in the bookstore)


The America Play by Suzan-Lori Parks (available in the bookstore)



Performance Critique Guidelines (PDF) - Due Monday, May 13th- no later than- Monday, May 20th, 2019 (Final Exan)

Research Project #1 GuidelinesGuidelines (PDF)

 Research Project #2 Guidelines (PDF)

Research Project #3 Guidelines (PDF)