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New Course Examines Queer Theatre and Performance

Photo: Taylor Mac.

This fall, The Northeastern Department of Theatre is launching its first course exclusively focusing on the on LGBTQ experience. THTR 3700 Queer Theatre and Performance will explore significant dramatic texts that have expressed and shaped the evolution of LGBTQ identity during the past 65 years. Readings, viewings, lectures, and discussion will focus on queer plays as art, literature, historic, and cultural documents seen through the lens of queer theories and creative practice.

“For many decades, playwrights depicted gay characters, stories, and themes in coded subtexts,” according to Professor of the Practice Scott Edmiston who developed the course. “Following Stonewall, the Feminist and Gay Rights movements, and the AIDS pandemic, queer theatre took on new forms, freedom, activist power, and social significance. We will consider both traditional theatre practices and non-traditional performance art.”

The course is open to all Northeastern students and is cross-listed with Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. It meets Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:50-11:30 in Ryder Hall.

Texts for the course include:

  • Mart Crowley: The Boys in the Band
  • Caryl Churchill: Cloud 9
  • Diana Son: Stop Kiss
  • Larry Kramer: The Normal Heart
  • Tony Kushner: Angels in America
  • Holly Hughes: Preaching to the Perverted
  • Tim Miller: Glory Box
  • Robert O’Hara: Bootycandy
  • Taylor Mac: HIR
  • Kate Bornstein: Queer and Pleasant Danger
  • Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori: Fun Home
  • Harvey Fierstein: Casa Valentina
  • Paula Vogel: Indecent

During Pride month and in celebration of the new course, Professor Edmiston recently shared a playlist of some of his favorite queer anthems with News at Northeastern.