Great Playwrights of the 20th Century
Osher (50+). In this course, we study the plays of great American playwrights including Williams, Miller, and Albee.
What you can learn.
- Identify major 20th century American playwrights
- Analyze philosophical messages in 20th Century plays
- Understand how characters move narrative
About this course:
From Pirandello and Beckett to the great American trio—Williams, Miller, and Albee—these are some of the major dramatists of the twentieth study. We study their plays and the through-lines that linked the objectives of each character together and thus pushed each character forward through the narrative. Plays in full will be viewed, as plays were meant to be seen. As we will see, each is a philosophical statement made in flesh and blood, and perhaps even written in blood as Nietzsche said all real philosophy must be. Or as Hamlet said, “The play's the thing…” How right the Bard was. This course is the first of two parts, so it would be advisable to start with this one as to keep abreast of what we are doing and where we are going.