This course offers an intensive survey of how Latina/o/x performers, characters, cultures, narratives and musical styles have always been a constitutive feature of the “American musical” — as performance genre, practice and tradition — on both stage and screen. The course’s study of notable Latinx musicals (in terms of form, content and context) will examine the history of U.S. popular performance alongside Latina/o/x cultural histories.
Most weeks, all members of the course will convene synchronously during the Monday class session for interactive lecture and discussion, with Wednesday precepts dedicated to a mix of synchronous discussions, asynchronous exercises and other activities. All precepts will be scheduled concurrently on Wednesday to permit collaboration among all course contributors on particular course tasks.
Prerequisites and Restrictions
All students are welcome and there are no prerequisites for this course.
Join a special 4-part Film 101 seminar with Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera presented in conjunction with this course. Herrera has selected four films that explore the way in which Latino actors on the twentieth-century stage and screen communicated and influenced American ideas about race and ethnicity. Watch the films and then join a moderated conversation on Zoom about these films and the cultural questions they raise. Registration required. $20 public; FREE for Garden Theatre members.
Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30 PM (EDT) — The Gang’s All Here
Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 PM (EDT) — West Side Story
Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 PM (EDT) — Zoot Suit
Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 PM (EDT) — Selena