Anger or Arcadia: European Drama 1950-Present | Newberry

Anger or Arcadia: European Drama 1950-Present

Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Thursdays, February 22 - April 12

6 - 7:30 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

In this lecture and discussion-based seminar, we will examine the rich period of European theater from the mid-twentieth century to the present. We will explore the major themes and movements in European drama during this period, including the existentialism of Waiting for Godot, the innovations of Arcadia and The Homecoming, and the comedies Art and The History Boys. The seminar will also consider how these plays function as both social commentary and as artistic achievements. Eight sessions.

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 at the Kennedy Center.

Materials List


Students can purchase any edition of the following:

  • Look Back in Anger - John Osborne
  • Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
  • The Homecoming - Harold Pinter
  • Equus - Peter Schafer
  • Cloud Nine - Caryl Churchill
  • The History Boys - Alan Bennett
  • Art - Yasmina Reza
  • Arcadia - Tom Stoppard

First Reading:

For the first class, please read Look Back in Anger - John Osborne

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