Reading Theater


In the theater, what we read on the page is an artifact of performances that once happened as well as a blueprint for stage performances yet to come. In this course, we work as archeologists to explore the meanings of the artifact and as creators—on our feet and with our bodies—to unlock the potential meanings of the blueprint. The course focuses on six plays, drawn from different periods in history and different countries, and includes non-European and non-white perspectives.


187S Reading Theater (and its New York-based version, 187A Reading Theater in New York) can be taken as an Area 2 or Gateway class, but not both.


Not open to students who have taken Theater Studies 115.

Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • ENGLISH 187S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring