In this course we will consider playwrights who have created imaginary worlds as a means of escaping from, critiquing, or simply distorting the real world. In doing so, we will consider how imaginary worlds might open up new spaces and possibilities for our own world, as well as how they reflect a playwright’s unique vision and philosophy. We will consider the inherent theatricality of imaginary worlds, as well as how they are realized onstage through language, character, setting, and action. We will also confront the limitations of imaginary worlds.
Through sensory exercises, students will explore and develop their own imaginary worlds with special consideration for how closely these worlds mirror, subvert, or expand our existing world. Weekly assignments will include critical responses and creative work, including original scenes. The course will end with students writing one-act plays of at least 30 minutes set in their own distinct imaginary world.
The course will be divided into four sections: Fantasy and Myth, Altered Americas, Dystopias, and Future Visions. Authors will include Jose Rivera, Wallace Shawn, Caryl Churchill, Nathan Alan Davis, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Christina Anderson, as well as fiction and film.
Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Course Level: 2000-level
F 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: One time only
Categories: All courses , Drama , Entirely Remote , Literature
Tags: creative writing , playwriting