Survey of European Drama: From the Worker to the Wit | Newberry

Survey of European Drama: From the Worker to the Wit

Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursdays, September 21 - November 9

6 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210

Regular Price (after September 1): $231

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Seminar Description

In this lecture and discussion-based seminar, we will examine the rich period of European theatre from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From the drawing room comedies of Wilde and Coward to the innovations of Synge, Ibsen, and Priestley, we will explore the major themes and movements in European drama. The seminar will also consider the influence of the political plays of Shaw and Strindberg discussing how these works function as social commentary as well as artistic achievements. Eight sessions.

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

Materials List


  • The following plays are required for the class, but participants may purchase and read from any edition they wish.

    • The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekhov
    • A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen
    • Miss Julie - August Strinberg
    • The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde
    • Private Lives - Noel Coward
    • The Playboy of the Western World - J.M. Synge
    • Mrs. Warren’s Profession - George Bernard Shaw
    • An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley
    • No Exit - John Paul Satrre
    • Six Characters in Search of an Author - Luigi Pirandello

First Reading:

  • Please read The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov for the first meeting.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.