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AMST 694 01 (22082) /AFAM793/ENGL955
Colonial Theater, Postcolonial Drama, and World Performance
Joseph Roach
W 3.30-5.20 LC 319
Spring 2017 
 
Uniting the approaches of theater history, dramaturgy, and performance studies, this seminar begins with the case study of Lolita Chakrabarti's Red Velvet (2012, revived 2016), a play about the life of Ira Aldridge (1807–1867), the African American actor who is said to be the first black man to play Othello. Readings include plays, critical theories, and historical documents from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. The seminar is organized around selected genealogies of performance as represented by adaptations, revivals, and critical rewritings: Aphra Behn's Oroonoko by Thomas Southerne and Biyi Bandele-Thomas; John Gay's The Beggar's Opera by Bertolt Brecht, Wole Soyinka, and P.L. Deshpande; Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Derek Walcott; and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot by Femi Osofisan and Suzan-Lori Parks.