Raising the Glass Curtain: Theater’s Feminist History and Future with Carey Purcell

$90, $75 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

This class will meet online via Zoom.

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sponsored by ZEN by Karen Moore

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Class Description

This three-session class will offer an introduction and selected history of women’s contributions to theater while examining the institutional structures of the industry as Broadway re-opens following the Covid-19 pandemic. Session One will explore the history of women and female-identifying artists, beginning with the Greeks and Romans and the first well-known female playwright, Aphra Behn. Participants will discuss the portrayal of women in two popular musicals from Broadway’s “Golden Age”: Carousel and The King I. After identifying the groundbreaking artists that first paved the way for women in the artistic community during, the second session will explore cultural and economic reasons why theater continues to be a largely male-dominated industry as well as discussing two female-focused from 2014 and 2015, If/Then and Fun Home. Session Three will look at the 2021-22 Broadway productions and class participants will discuss the implementation of progressive changes within the industry.

Required reading: From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater
Purchase via Books & Books @ The Studios here.

Meet Your Instructor

Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications.

Photo by Ash Marinaccio

Online Information

1. Please sign up for a free Zoom account before your first session and familiarize yourself with how to join a meeting.

2. You will receive a link to join the meeting in your automatic receipt and 15 minutes before the first session. This is a recurring meeting so the join link is the same for each session.

Required Reading

From Aphra Behn to Fun Home: A Cultural History of Feminist Theater
Purchase via Books & Books @ The Studios here.

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