Mondays, March 7-21, 3-4:30 p.m. 

Kansas-born William Inge (a KU grad) was one of the most acclaimed playwrights of 1950s America. His unvarnished portraits of small-town and rural America, including Come Back, Little Sheba, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Picnic, and Bus Stop, took the country by storm, winning Tony Awards and becoming Oscar-winning films. In this exploratory seminar we will learn about Inge's at-times troubled, at-times triumphant, but ultimately tragic life-from Independence, Kan. to Broadway to Hollywood, where he died, a suicide, at age 60. We will discuss his work: its origins, themes, and the ways he portrayed Midwestern life and morality. For the richest experience, prior to each class meeting students should view filmed productions of some of his work via YouTube links that will be provided. 

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