In the early part of the 20th century, American drama fell into distinct categories of melodrama, sentimental comedies, or the modern incarnation of the morality play. The 1930’s ushered a shift into realism allowing a number of writers to explore the human condition aided by the integration of contemporary acting methods and visionary directors. In this course, we will look at plays that were instrumental in moving the art forward. While these writers are stylistically very different, they bring a sensibility that is unique to the time and place and a current social construct.
Read: Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill; The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman; Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller; A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams; The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams; A Raisin In the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry; and Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress.