RCHUMS 390 - Special Period and Place Drama
Section: 001 The UMS Theater Season, Winter 2017
Term: WN 2017
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Advisory Prerequisites:
RCHUMS 280 and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This RC Drama course is based on the international theater productions sponsored by the University Musical Society for Winter semester 2017, a particularly rich and diverse set of offerings. These include:

  • 1. Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity – Ping Chong + Company (New York), Feb. 18. The latest from the master of socially engaged docudrama.
  • 2. The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Martin McDonagh. Druid Theatre Company (Galway), March 9-11. A black comedy by the iconoclastic Irish playwright.
  • 3. Betroffenheit – Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre (Vancouver). March 17-18. “Bewilderment,” a cutting edge dance theater collaboration on the themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery.
  • 4. The Encounter -Simon McBurney. Complicite (London), March 30-April 1. One man show and technical tour de force based on the experiences of a National Geographic photographer in the Amazon rainforest.
Class activity will include an introduction to the UMS and its Theater program and a general introduction to the types of contemporary performance these productions represent, leading to specific examinations of these theater companies and their playwrights and performers. Requirements: a.) attendance at all four productions as well as select surrounding events (interviews, workshops, etc. We hope to have some individual time as a class with some or all of these theater-makers.) b.) select readings by or about the theater artists involved (ex.: the other Leenane plays of McDonagh, or the source for McBurney’s piece, Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu) c.) reviews of the productions: three sort critiques plus one more extensive critique at the student’s choice.

Limited enrollment. Especially recommended for RC/LSA Drama majors and minors.
For more information consult the UMS website or contact Prof. Walsh at narenlob@umich.edu.

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Intended Audience:

No prerequisites. Theatre experience not required.

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RCHUMS 390 - Special Period and Place Drama
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001 (SEM)
9RC Ugrd
TuTh 5:00PM - 7:00PM
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