The Birth of Off Broadway: Crash Course Theater #47

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Many Broadway shows, including Hamilton, got their start off the infamous street. Video 47 from the Crash Course Drama and Theater playlist focuses on the creation of Off-Broadway theater. Discussion centers around specific theaters and controversial plays that have appeared on Off-Broadway stages. It also shares information about African-American and LGBT content found on the stage.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Research how many plays that started off Broadway have found success on the Broadway stage
  • Look at the current schedules of off-Broadway theaters and discuss how the types of plays they feature connect with the ideas shown in the video
Classroom Considerations
  • Discusses some mature topics and nude theatre
  • Highlights key words by displaying them on the screen
  • Features authors of different genders, races, and sexual orientations
  • Covers a large movement in a very short time period, making the content seem somewhat random