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THTR 2260 Writing Wrongs: Writing the Issue-Based Play (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

These days it’s nearly impossible to pick up a newspaper, check your Facebook news feed, or walk across campus without becoming angry, confused or upset about a current issue or conflict. Our opinions about issues like gun control, immigration reform, racial inequality, gender bias and countless other topics give rise to intense emotions such as anger, confusion, sadness and fear -- the very emotions that are embedded in great plays and other works of art. In this class, through classroom discussion, assigned readings, writing exercises, and a final creative project, we’ll each explore why specific news stories, issues, or conflicts evoke strong emotions in us; discover our personal connection to the issue; investigate the motivations and emotions underneath our opponents’ opinions; and, ultimately learn how to transform our knee-jerk emotional responses into engaging works for the theatre that foster the kind of constructive and complex conversation these important issues deserve.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sheri Wilner

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 02-Mar-16