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Assignment 2: Update “A Streetcar Named Desire” Due: Friday, 4/1 In Week 10, we read “A Streetcar Named Desire.” I ordered this through the bookstore. If you prefer, there are online texts, although I find them hard to read: http://visumbrasov.org/wp- content/uploads/2015/04/A-Streetcar-Named-Desire-2.pdf Before you get started, I want you to think of a large idea or social question that is currently relevant and connects to the play. For example, there is a famous speech in the play “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare in which Marc Anthony eulogizes the murdered Caesar and turns the crowd against his assassins. On its own, it’s wonderful. Check it out in a very “straight” rendering with Marlon Brando: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7X9C55TkUP8 But what if you update the entire play to consider a large social issue, such as the armed strife in modern Africa? Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q7apiYunEU From The Guardian’s review of that production: This, of all Shakespeare's plays, badly needs a shot in the arm – and it receives a powerful one in this production by Gregory Doran, the RSC's artistic director designate, who has transposed the action to modern Africa. To see it played by an all-black British cast is also to be reminded of the wealth of classical acting talent available in this country. Africa has no monopoly on dictators but the play acquires fresh urgency in its new setting. This, after all, is a work about the encroachment of autocracy on a republic; and, although the evening begins with a street fiesta celebrating the return of a military hero, the looming bronze statue of Caesar shows the dictatorial threat.
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