Introduction to some major works of theater and drama of German-speaking central Europe, especially as they attempt to address contemporary social issues. Emphasis primarily on 20th century theater and drama. Authors include Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Peter Weiss, Peter Handke, Elfriede Jellinek and others whose experiments with dramatic form have drawn international attention. Discussions will explore the relationships between texts and their various theatrical performances on the stage and screen, as well between dramatic form and social-historical context. Final project may include performance of scenes from different plays. Taught in German.