This class will look at four plays that make use of courtroom settings. The plays deal with the FBI-files concerning activism in the 1960s, the Greensboro Massacre of 1979, a murder case and a conflict in a South African village. Sometimes written documents are included, and sometimes the texts play with the ritual of giving oral testimony. While we focus on the texts and their nature as documents, we will also think about their transformation in theater settings, the historical contexts they deal with as well as the aspect of their staging and theater criticism. Students must be in the possession of the following texts:
- Niklas Radstrom (2007), Monsters. A Play about the Killing of James Bulger. (Oberon Books)
- Larry Bogad (2011), Cointelshow. A Patriot Act. (PM Press)
- Lara Foot Newton (2010), Karoo Moose. (Oberon Books)
- Emily Mann (1996), Greensboro (A Requiem). (Theater Communication Group)
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