This course will examine how five major issues in America’s past 80 years have been presented on stage: the conflict between science and religion in Inherit the Wind, effects of the Depression and the Red Scare in Awake and Sing, war profiteering in All My Sons, violence in human nature in Zoo Story and True West, whether collapse of family relationships parallels the collapse of national values in August: Osage County.
GROUP LEADER: James E. Foley. A WISE group leader for over sixteen years, Jim Foley retired last year from his position as Associate Professor of English at Worcester State University. His chief interests continue to be Shakespeare, 19th-century American Literature, and Drama of all periods.
REQUIRED BOOKS: 1. Inherit the Wind (read for first class) by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Ballantine 2007) ISBN-10:”0345501039;
2. Waiting for Lefty and Other Plays by Clifford Odets (read Awake and Sing) (Grove Press) ISBN-10:0802132200;
3. All My Sons by Arthur Miller (Penguin 2000) ISBN-10 0141185465;
4. The American Dream and Zoo Story by Edward Albee (read Zoo Story) (Plume) ISBN-10:0452278899;
5. True West by Sam Shephard (Samuel French 1981) ISBN-10: 0573617287
6. August Osage County by Tracy Letts (Dramatists Play Service 2009), ISBN-10:0822223007
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609