Survey of European Drama: From the Worker to the Wit

Thursday, February 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Thursdays, February 20 – April 10

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Todd Bauer

From the drawing room comedies of Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward, to the innovations of John Millington Synge, Henrik Ibsen, and J. B. Priestley, we will examine the rich period of European theatre from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. We will also consider the influence of George Bernard Shaw and August Strindberg’s political plays as social commentary as well as artistic achievements. Please read George Buchner’s Woyzeck for the first session, copies of which will be send to participants.

Todd Bauer holds an MA in liberal studies from Northwestern University and is a playwright and director whose work has been performed in Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Materials List
Required:

  • A Doll’s House - ISBN 978-0486270623, $1.80
  • Miss Julie - ISBN 978-0486272818, $2.25
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - ISBN 978-0486264783, $1.35
  • Private Lives - ISBN 978-0573619250, $10.03
  • Mrs. Warren’s Profession - ISBN 978-1603863728, $3.49
  • An Inspector Calls - ISBN 978-0822205722, $7.20. Note: the Newberry Bookstore is unable to stock this text.
  • The Playboy of the Western World - ISBN978-0486275628, $1.00
  • (Note: these editions are not necessary; participants may have their own copies, hard copy or digital. The ones above were selected simply because they are the most inexpensive.)

Readings for the First Session:

  • Please read George Buchner’s Woyzeck for the first meeting. (Text will be distributed by email).
  • The instructor also recommends (but does not require) participants see the Remy Bumppo production of An Inspector Calls playing at the Greenhouse Theater till January 12.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $220.
Register Online.