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Overview of Drama of the 20th and 21st Century Chapter Summary
Get an overview of some of the most exciting titles of the last two centuries with this chapter. Through videos, lessons, and worksheets, you will explore modern drama. These lessons include such topics as:
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - characters we love and quotes to remember
- Clybourne Park - summary and memorable characters
- Look Back in Anger by John Osborne - synopsis and exploration
- Machinal by Sophie Treadwell - recap, deconstruction, and favorite quotes
- The Bald Soprano - roundup and dissection
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1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Characters & Quotes
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a three-act play written by twentieth-century American playwright Tennessee Williams, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The play tells the story of the Pollitts in Mississippi, a wealthy but dysfunctional Southern family.
2. John Osborne's Look Back in Anger: Summary & Analysis
''Look Back in Anger'' is a play written by British playwright John Osborne first performed in 1956. In this lesson, we'll take an in-depth look at a summary and analysis of the themes.
3. Machinal by Sophie Treadwell: Summary, Themes & Quotes
Machinal is a play crafted by American playwright Sophie Treadwell. In this lesson, we will summarize this dramatic play and explore its themes. We will also use quotations to provide context and help flesh out the characters and plot.
4. The Bald Soprano: Summary & Analysis
The Bald Soprano is a play by the French-Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco. First performed in 1950 and published in 1954, the play is one of the best examples of the literary movement called the Theater of the Absurd.
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