This program has been postponed. The Four Arts hopes to have this master class in a future season.
This survey of modern English-language drama traces themes linking the work of writers from across the Commonwealth of Nations, as well as the historical, political, cultural, and aesthetic circumstances of each work individually. These themes include the relations between colonizer and colonized; religious and political tensions within a community; the threat of violence or oppression, especially of women; economic disparities; racial prejudice; the call of home; the significance of myth. Participants will be given plays to read from each area prior to each session.
Murray Biggs is a semi-retired professor of Theater Studies (with English and Film) at Yale, where he has taught since 1986.