This in-class final examination for the Fall 2020 course is an opportunity to articulate your own ideas regarding the role that performance plays in the life and expression of historically marginalized communities in the United States. You can check all your reading materials. You will not be evaluated on the sole merits of citing or listing sources or quotes, but rather on the way that you put them in meaningful conversation with each other, and in articulate support of your own reflective writing.
The exam will be written in essay format comprised of two sections based on your selection of two prompts from the three choices below, according to the guidelines for the reaction papers.
Each section should be between 3 and 4 full pages long, for a total of between 6 and 8 full pages in length. Base your essay’s answers on these three guiding prompts.
Compare both works and bring about themes relating to gender, sexuality, and racial/ethnic identity. How do these playwrights address the issue of “resistance”? In which ways do they address gender and racial issues in the context of their postcolonial frameworks? Discuss the way(s) both endings work: why are they both “open” and why do both break away from the “happy ending” promised by the “American Dream”? Base your points on specific scenes and specific foundational course readings (Schechner, Taylor, Brecht, Boal).