Heading: "The Studios of Key West Online" "West Side Story: A Cultural Perspective on an American Tragedy with Stephen Kitsakos". First photo: two lead actors leaning toward each other with their noses touching, being pulled backward by a group of six people on each side. Second photo: Picture of a script reading: MARIA: how many bullets are left, Chino? Enough for you? (pointing at people) And you? (at Ice) All of you? YOU ALL KILLED HIM! And my brother and Riff! Not with bullets and knives! WITH HATE! WELL I CAN KILL TOO! BECAUSE NOW I HAVE HATE!

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

Limit 12 students.

Online lecture classes: Thursdays October 15, 22 and 29 at 4pm (sessions will run for 1.5 hours)

Students will meet via Zoom.

(Students will meet online October 15, 22, and 29, 4-5:30pm)

(If you require financial assistance, we may be able to help)

Upon signing up for this class, you will automatically receive a welcome letter from the teacher + instructions on getting started. Please check your inbox and your spam folder. If you don’t receive the welcome letter, please email elena@tskw.org.

Is it racism that precipitated the tragedy in West Side Story and not just miscommunication as in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet? How does the marginalization of outsiders keep repeating itself in the story of America? How did four gay men: Bernstein, Sondheim, Laurents & Robbins create a musical which captures the universality of the immigrant experience and provide the basis for racial conflict in mid-20th century urban life? We look at the journey from “East Side Story” to “West Side Story” through a socio-cultural and socio-political lens to examine how the universals from Shakespeare in 1597 are still admissible in 2020.

Stephen Kitsakos draws from a wealth of theatre experience, having served on the Theatre Arts Faculty at SUNY New Paltz from 1999-2013, where he taught undergraduate theatre studies and performance and directed many plays. He is also an opera librettist and writer.

Tech Housekeeping

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 the day before the session.

Materials List

You can find your assignments for each session online at the Class Blackboard (link provided in welcome email). Most of the materials will be provided or are readily available for free. However, a few items may need to be purchased or downloaded through one of the streaming services (ie. Amazon Prime, iTunes). We will make sure you have plenty of time to do what is required in advance but please be prepared to commit in advance for each class you wish to participate in by reading the materials and viewing any content.

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