Totally relevant today, the following plays from the 15th, 17th, 19th, and 20th centuries are not only studied in classrooms around the world but also performed locally, nationally, and internationally.
Everyman, its author anonymous, is a 15th-century morality play that focuses on what man must do to obtain salvation. William Shakespeare's King Lear (1606) describes how a man descends into madness after being tricked by his offspring. It's often referred to today as "the Alzheimer's/dementia play." Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879) discusses women's dilemmas when opportunities are limited, and Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (1944) is about fantasy, fragility, frustration, and more. Finally, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson (1987), part of his Pittsburgh Cycle plays, focuses on self-worth and legacy. These plays are available in collections or in stand-alone copies.
911.301.01 Homewood campus
Monday, Sept. 16 to Oct. 28, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. (no class Sept. 30)
Cost: $158 (six sessions)
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for registration information.