Transgressive Performance: Theatre that Questions Gender, Sexual Identity, and Sexuality
From the shocking frankness of Mae West's Sex to the "love that dare not speak its name" of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour; from the joyless partying of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band to the joyous self-invention of Charles Busch's Theodora: She-Bitch of Byzantium theatre has explored our notions of gender, sexual identity and sexuality. In this course, we will look at 20th-century plays, entertainments, and performers that have "broken the rules." Queer, drag and camp theatre will be prominent topics, and we will include plays by Tony Kushner and Charles Ludlam; entertainments by Lypsinka and Dame Edna Everage; cabaret and musical performances, and more. We will also study material that break taboos of heterosexual behavior (Fight Club, Sex and the City).