‘The play’s the thing…’-Drama and Psychological Depth


Plumb the depths of the psyche through the lens of the stage. This course uses four acclaimed plays to explore the drama of everyday life and to reveal the shallowness of life without drama. Themes include: good/evil and emotional blindness (Othello); romance and pathos (Cyrano de Bergerac); sham, shame, and empty dreams (Death of a Salesman); and revolution, the body politic, and character (Hamilton).

Instructor: Karl Scheibe


Four Tuesdays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Wasch Center, Butterfield Room

Karl Scheibe

KARL SCHEIBE is professor of psychology emeritus at Wesleyan University, where he taught from 19632005.  From 20042017 he was director or director emeritus of the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty at Wesleyan. He received his undergraduate degree at Trinity College and his PhD in psychology from the University of California.  He was twice a Fulbright Professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a social psychologist and licensed clinician, and author or editor of eight books and scores of journal articles. His recent books include Self-Studies, The Drama of Everyday Life, and Deep Drama: Explorations in Psychology and Theater.