6 – 7:30 pm
We will study the varied conversation women playwrights have been engaged in with the theater for the past century. From Lillian Hellmann to Lorraine Hansberry to Wendy Wasserstein: what insights do these writers bring to issues of gender, race, economics, politics, and society? We will consider how the conversation has evolved and where it is today. Chicago playwright Margaret Lewis will join our final class meeting to discuss what it means to be a female playwright today. Please read Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine for the first session.
Todd Bauer, who holds an M.A. in liberal studies from Northwestern University, is a playwright and director whose work has been performed in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Churchill, Caryl. Cloud 9. Theatre Communications Group, 1994. ISBN: 1559360992
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: The Unfilmed Original Screenplay. Signet, 1995. ISBN: 0451183886
Hellman, Lillian. The Little Foxes. Dramatist’s Play Service, 1995. ISBN: 0822206773
Lewis, Margaret. Freshly Fallen Snow (distributed in class)
Norman, Marsha. ‘night, Mother. Hill and Wang, 1983. ISBN: 0374521387
Reza, Yasmina. Art. Trans. Christopher Hampton. London: Faber and Faber, 1996. ISBN: 0571190146
Vogel, Paula. How I Learned to Drive. Dramatists Play Service, 1997. ISBN: 082221623X
Wasserstein, Wendy. The Heidi Chronicles. Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1998. ISBN: 0822205106
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Eight sessions, $200.