This course combines queer centered analysis of mid century American Drama and songwriting with student generated research and performance. Using Inge’s plays Picnic and Dark at the Top of the Stairs, we will investigate the codes both real and imagined embedded in the work, and the narratives we assume, project on, and long for in the American theatre cannon. Students will do research and build individual work in conversation with these themes as well as participate in workshopping a new production of Dark at the Top of the Stairs.
No performance experience required, just a willingness to try. There will be singing and there will be dancing — no technique is required, just an adventurous spirit!