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Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDOL 016 — “A Helluva Town”: Plays About New York on the American Stage

Shana Komitee
One of the takeaways from the 2016 U.S. presidential election, pollsters tell us, is that American voters divided strongly along “urban/rural” and “blue/red state” lines. From a theatrical perspective, does this mean that plays about New York City— perhaps the most urban and bluest region of the country—differ significantly from those emerging from (or set in) other American locales? What kinds of   storylines, characters, or rhythms make up a “New York play?” In this class, we look at numerous examples that would seem to qualify, including Clifford Odets’s Awake and Sing,   Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, and Stephen Adly Guirgis’s In Arabia We’d All Be Kings among many others. We also contrast these works with American plays set in notably different regions, such as Sam Shepard’s True West, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Appropriate, and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. In each instance, we examine the dramatic qualities that define plays about New York, learning more along the way about this iconic city many of us call home.

10 weeks
Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm
September 27 – December 6


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