Tues. Jan. 8, 2019 through Feb. 26th – 7 to 9 p.m.
Sally Sugarman, a long time professor at Bennington College, is joining with the Oldcastle Theatre Company to present a class entitled “The American Family Drama” for eight weekly sessions from Tuesday January 8, 2019 through February 26th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street in Bennington.
Ms. Sugarman taught a similar class with other faculty members of Bennington College. The idea of the new class came about during a discussion with Oldcastle’s Producing Artistic Director, Eric Peterson. Ms. Sugarman and Peterson were talking about the breath and diversity of great American plays centered on the family. Several of the plays discussed during that conversation are included in the upcoming course.
The drama of the American family has played out on the stages of American theatres for years. Every major American playwright has written at least one play about the American family. The changes in the family are reflected in these dramas. The times in which a play is written as well as when it is performed offer insights into what changes and what stays the same. Reading and discussing plays with others not only increases one’s enjoyment of particular plays, but deepens the play going experience by offering fresh perspectives on how to view all family dramas, on stage and off. The plays the course will examine are: AWAKE AND SING, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLLF, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS A RAISIN IN THE SUN, BURIED CHILD, AUGUST OF OSAGE COUNTTY, and HIR. Some of the course sessions will include film treatments of plays in the series.
“Audience members often stay following a performance to discuss the characters, plot and meaning of a play,” Peterson said recently. “This will be an excellent opportunity to have those discussions with a life-long theatre buff and learned academic. Sally instinctively understands playwriting, plus she is married to a fine playwright. She and her husband, Bob, have a long running radio program, now a podcast, interviewing directors, actors, playwrights and designers from all the regional theatres in Southern Vermont, the Capital District and the Berkshires. These will be fascinating conversations about brilliant, unforgettable plays.
The cost of the class is $140.00 for the eight sessions.
For further information or to sign up call Oldcastle Theatre Company at 802-447-0564