GEN*394*10 Description


SpTp:Atomic Fam:Hist+Perform


The study of history has inspired and informed some of the world's greatest theatre, music, and dance. This course, co-taught by a historian and an actor/director/writer, will engage students from both realms in a collaborative project to create a work of imaginative performance that draws on intensive investigation of history. "Atomic Family: History + Performance" will involve students in researching, writing, designing, and performing a new work with members of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, an acclaimed professional company whose work often draws on - and plays with - history, from the French Revolution to the American Civil War to the era of Andy Warhol. The company uses a technique known as devised theatre, in which a new production arises from collaborative research, discussion, and improvisational performance by a group of people. Central to the creation of the piece will be a careful examination of recent historical scholarship, as well as period books, films, and music to explore the highly contested institution of the American family in the 1950s and 1960s, the early decades of the "Atomic Age."