This course will examine contemporary African American theatre with a special emphasis on plays written in the late twentieth and twenty-first century. We will examine these works through the lens of race, class, and gender. We will focus on a variety of media representations that exist along with these literary works. We will also survey some of the most influential writings in the field of African American Theatre. We will analyze African American theatre through theory and performance. We will also learn about the present state of African American theatre companies in our country and the various issues they are facing in American theatre.