Architecture of Plays: Plays by Women

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Architecture of Plays: Plays by Women

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In 2015 the Dramatists Guild launched a study called “The Count,” in order to determine who is being produced in American theatres. The Count revealed that, during the past three years, only 22% of the tallied plays were written by women. This means men wrote four out of every five plays produced on America’s stages.  The primary goal of the class will be to address such gender disparity by familiarizing ourselves with a wide array of female playwrights; including not just those in the 22%, but, more importantly, those in the near and distant past whom history has forgotten, and those in the present whose work is rarely, if ever, produced.  What stories are not being told and what stories do we urgently need on today’s stages? Each week we’ll read and discuss one or more plays, identifying and appreciating the key elements of the writers’ artistry, style and craft; and throughout the semester, we’ll continually debate whether or not there is an overtly female aesthetic and what differences might exist between female and male written plays.  A secondary goal will be to look at the studies and statistics that prove gender disparity in the theatre, so that we can formulate informed opinions about why women are produced in fewer numbers than men, what barriers and obstacles exist in achieving gender parity, and what strategies might be employed to raise awareness and impel change.

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