In this course, students will write for theater and performance. Writers in the class will take cues from myriad experimental playwrights and performance artists who have challenged conventional ideas of what a script should look and sound like. Students will be asked to challenge how narrative is constructed, how characters are built, and what a setting can be. This class will push beyond the formal structures of the well-made play script and address how writers explore and reinvent form and language as a means for radical change in the field of performance. Some playwrights we will read include Gertrude Stein, Suzan-Lori Parks, Maria Irene Fornes, Robert O’Hara, Bryna Turner, Amina Henry, Kristen Kosmas, and Toshiki Okada. This class is ideal for playwrights, performers, screenwriters, and writers of experimental fiction. Cross-listed with Theatre Arts.