Sophomore / Humanities / Global Stories

From ancient times, theater has provided an opportunity for communities to stage their challenges and rehearse ways of facing them. The Drama course provides an opportunity to study the history of theater through the lens of gender equality and how social roles have evolved across time and space. In 3 units, each analyzing a different play, students will be challenged to write a monologue, dialogue, and a traditional chorus that explores gender relations and students’ own roles in society.

Course Units

  • What may Shakespeare teach us about social roles?

    In this unit you will read Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” to gain an understanding of social roles in the 16th Century.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Who is the “shrew” & why is she being “tamed”?
    • Who are the modern day “shrews”?
    • How can we communicate through verse?
  • What may Ibsen teach us about social roles?

    In this unit you will read Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House to gain an understanding of social and gender roles in Europe during the 19th Century.

    Here are the guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Who is the “doll” and why is she living in a “doll house”?
    • Who would you invite to a dinner party for gender equality?
    • What does a conversation on equality look and sound like?
  • What may Hansberry teach us about race and class?

    In this unit you will read A Raisin in the Sun to gain a better understanding of race and class in the 1940s.

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • Who is the matriarch and what is her role?
    • What are the morals of today’s society?
    • How can theater present social commentary?