Multicultural Theatre: Communities in Conflict
LAS 254 - Multicultural Theatre: Communities in Conflict3 hours In our interdependent world, we can no longer “go it alone.” The most urgent question raised in the common text, Encountering God, is how do we “go it together?” How can we break the cycle of violence, and create “the imagined community” envisioned by Gandhi and other adherents of non-violence? In this seminar, African-American, Asian-American, and Latino/Latina playwrights, as well as gay and feminist artists, confront divisive, even life-threatening issues. Students will examine late 20th and 21st century plays and other texts, as well as view documentary films and live theatre productions. The nature and causes of prejudice and discrimination; the impact of racial, religious, and homophobic violence; the struggle to create community; and the hunger for artistic expression will be addressed. A service learning component will be required.This seminar will satisfy the multicultural core requirement.