What’s a great play, or even a good one? And for what or whom is it good—the actor, the audience, the world? Does the production make it good, or is the text of the play enough? In this seminar, we will study plays that made a difference in the twentieth century, when American drama really began to define itself and to have an influence on world drama. We’ll consider the plays’ historical context, including influential productions, as well as editorial and publication decisions. Participants will have the chance to see both filmed and live productions, and to become an expert on a playwright of their choice.