A Survey of Modern American Theatre
Facilitator – Michael Donohue
Dates & Times – Thursdays, Sep. 20-Oct. 25 (six sessions); 7-9pm
Location – Blue Hill Public Library, Howard Room
The intent of this seminar is to acquaint attendees with the role that Theatre has played in simultaneously reflecting and stimulating the ever-evolving social, economic, political and philosophical changes that have taken place in the U.S. (and beyond), between 1875 and the present: the period commonly referred to as the development of “Modern American Drama.” Attendees will be asked to read five pre-selected plays over the six week period. Scripts and their authors will be chosen based upon their ability to illustrate a specific period in the development of modern drama. Discussion will also explore relevant development and use of such dramatic components as plot, theme, characters, dialogue (text and sub-text), convention, genre, stages and staging as well as audience interaction.
Michael Donahue is a resident of Blue Hill. His theatre background began in Philadelphia during the 1960’s as actor, director, designer, producer, and teacher. He also founded The Theatre School, Inc. which provided professional training in the dramatic arts, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
Recommended Reading Material:
The facilitator will post information on useful reading material in preparation for the discussions that follow. Please return regularly.