Contemporary Classics of American Theater | Newberry

Contemporary Classics of American Theater

Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Thursdays, September 26 - November 14

6 - 7:30 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

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

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Seminar Description

The present moment in American theater is one of its richest and most exciting. In this discussion- and lecture-based seminar, we will examine this moment by considering the plays of Tony Kushner, Martyna Majok, Tracy Letts, Paula Vogel, Neil LaBute, and others. Controversial, progressive, and challenging, these plays are among the most riveting the American theater has produced. We will also examine the important role Chicago is currently playing in this exciting theatrical moment.

Eight sessions. E - $230, L - $253

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

Materials List


  • Martyna Majok, Cost of Living. Theater Communications Corp, 2018. ISBN: 978-1559365970
  • Paula Vogel, How I Learned to Drive. Any edition.
  • Marsha Norman, Night Mother. Hill and Wang, 1983. ISBN: 374521387
  • Tony Kushner, Angels in America. Theater Communication Group, 1983. ISBN: 159360615
  • Neil Labute, Bash. The Overlook Press, 1999. ISBN: 1585670243
  • Margaret Edson, Wit. Theater Communication Group, 2008. ISBN: 9781559363303
  • John Patrick Shanley, Doubt. Any edition.
  • Tracey Letts, August. Osage County. Any edition.

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive.

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