The students are enrolled in the course PHILOSOPHES AND FOLLIES: THEATER IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT, taught by playwright Christopher Cartmill. As per Professor Cartmill:
"The class is about the 18th century theater and the connections to Art, Politics, Philosophy, etc. We are looking at the works of Voltaire, Lessing, Lillo, Goldsmith, Gozzi, Diderot, Gottsched and the like. The class is structured like a salon and guests are always welcomed. For our first class I invited Judson, director Nicole A. Watson and actress Kathleen Chalfant—she was nominated for Broadway’s 1993 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for her role in the original production of Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES—to discuss the responsibility of the artist for the works they create and put out into the world. The question of the power and responsibility of the theater was a big issue in philosophic circles in the 18th century and I wanted to drive home that many of those questions remain unanswered today."We look forward to any opportunities to interact with educators and will keep you posted about it here. If you are an educator who would like to work with us, contact us here.