Theatre History II Also Offered Online for Fall!

By August 9, 2017News

Dear Students,

Theatre majors are required 2 semesters of Theatre History. The required courses are Theatre History I and Theatre History II. They stand as independent courses and do not need to be taken in sequential order. I will be teaching Theatre History II this Fall as a traditional, in-person course. In addition, I will be teaching another section of Theatre History II as a separate “online only” course. As this is a relatively new development, it is not listed in the course listings. To access the information for this course, please see the below link. To register, please enter the class number into your shopping cart. If you need permission, please contact me. Also, this class will count for minors  and for non-majors.

What does the class cover? Theatre from 1800-Present, including some of the legendary figures such as Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, August Wilson, Paula Vogel and Suzan-Lori Parks. If you have questions, please contact me at

Best, Shannon




Theatre History II: 1800-Present

The radical changes in theatre and drama during the past four centuries have mirrored, and in some cases determined, epochal shifts in world population, technology, government, and culture at large. This course will investigate and map the arc of these changes through the examination of historical surveys, works of dramatic literature and theatre performance, and other primary sources from the artists and artisans whose work has reflected and created those changes. The course will look carefully at the ways that theatre and drama act upon the world, and are in turn acted upon by it. By the end of this course, we will have arrived at the 21st century, when theatre is being further challenged by other art forms and media, and is thus forcing itself into new exploratory modes in order to survive and thrive.



Living Theatre: History of Theatre by Edwin Wilson and Alvin Goldfarb (6th Edition)

Woyzeck by Georg Buchner, translated by Eric Bentley

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Miss Julie by August Strindberg

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Desire Under the Elms – Eugene O’Neill

The Threepenny Penny Opera by Bertolt Brecht

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Picnic by William Inge

The American Dream and Zoo Story by Edward Albee

A Chorus Line by Marvin Hamlisch (music), Edward Kleban (lyrics) & James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante (book)

Buried Child by Sam Shepard

Fences by August Wilson

Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill

Angels in America: Part One and Part Two by Tony Kushner

The Mineola Twins by Paula Vogel

The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe

The Red Letter Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks

Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes