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Communist Deus Ex Machinas: The Brechtian Epic And Its Influence Today, Hannah G. Hopke 2020 Florida State University

Communist Deus Ex Machinas: The Brechtian Epic And Its Influence Today, Hannah G. Hopke

The Macksey Journal

How did The Threepenny Opera, a sparsely-set musical theatre work with unsympathetic characters and borderline nonsensical songs draw popular acclaim, critical distaste, Nazi disdain, and musical covers by some of the top singers of the 20th and 21st century? A new type of modernist theatre emerged between the First and Second World Wars, pioneered by Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), who believed that the significance of a stage work lay not in its emotional appeal to the audience, but its frank depiction of social issues and moral imperative to reform a problematic society. The style was massively disruptive, partially for its divergence ...


Composing The Performance Of Ōto Shōgo’S The Water Station, Vishnupad Barve 2020 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Composing The Performance Of Ōto Shōgo’S The Water Station, Vishnupad Barve

Masters Theses

This written portion of my thesis documents my process as a director in composing the Performance of Ōto Shōgo’s The Water Station in collaboration with a creative team of designers, dramaturgs, stage managers and performers.

I share with the reader my processes toward fostering cohesion and collaboration among a team while composing a theatrical experience that departs from many theatrical conventions. I discuss significant learnings from several areas of dramaturgical and performance research that dovetail within the performance: aesthetics of divestiture, dramaturgy of simultaneity and composition of psychophysical score, and how I used this research to support the communication ...


In The Wake Of Medea: Neoclassical Theater And The Arts Of Destruction [Table Of Contents], Juliette Cherbuliez 2020 Fordham University

In The Wake Of Medea: Neoclassical Theater And The Arts Of Destruction [Table Of Contents], Juliette Cherbuliez

Literature

In the Wake of Medea examines the violence of seventeenth-century French political dramas. French tragedy usually appears as a passionless, cerebral genre that refused all forms of violence. In the Wake explores the rhetorical, literary, and performance strategies through which violence persisted. The mythological figure of Medea, foreigner who massacres her brother, murders kings, burns down Corinth, and kills her own children, can serve as a paradigm for this violence. Paradigmatic also of the refugee who is welcomed yet feared, who confirms our concept of the social while threatening its integrity, Medea’s presence is this book’s organizing principle ...


Wherein To Catch The Conscience Of The Queen: Dystopian Politics In Elizabethan Drama, Helen Fielding 2020 Liberty University

Wherein To Catch The Conscience Of The Queen: Dystopian Politics In Elizabethan Drama, Helen Fielding

Senior Honors Theses

Though established English history portrays Elizabeth I (1533-1603) as uniting England under the new Protestant religion, recent historical evidence reveals that extensive counter-currents still existed. This thesis examines how the politico-religious beliefs of Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights manifest themselves in their drama, particularly through imagery and allusions. It draws especially from Frances Yates to assert that imagery of white magic, Christian Cabala, and alchemy in these dramatists’ works refers to the pure imperial reform movement of Elizabeth’s reign, and also from Clare Asquith to illuminate a reading of Shakespeare as a playwright who encoded in his plays a Catholic ...


Is It Magic: A Discourse On Women In The Tempest, Lara Roman-Lopez 2020 University of California - Berkeley

Is It Magic: A Discourse On Women In The Tempest, Lara Roman-Lopez

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

In recognizing Shakespeare's The Tempest, there is always this question surrounding Prospero's magic. I want to recognize Prospero's magic as real in relation to women. Women within The Tempest ultimately share a suppression. One is the most recognizable Miranda, made subject to her father's traditional senex figure. The second is through Sycorax, this "blue eyed witch" who is only known through the words of men. In branching Miranda and Sycorax, I immediately want to question how much of the evilness of Sycorax is real. To do this "reality check," looking at the discourse which surrounds Sycorax ...


Kofifi/Covfefe: How The Costumes Of "Sophiatown" Bring 1950s South Africa To Western Massachusetts In 2020, Emma Hollows 2020 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kofifi/Covfefe: How The Costumes Of "Sophiatown" Bring 1950s South Africa To Western Massachusetts In 2020, Emma Hollows

Masters Theses

This thesis paper reflects upon the costume design process taken by Emma Hollows to produce a realist production of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company’s musical Sophiatown at the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts in May 2020. Sophiatown follows a household forcibly removed from their homes by the Native Resettlement Act of 1954 amid apartheid in South Africa. The paper discusses her attempts as a costume designer to strike a balance between replicating history and making artistic changes for theatre, while always striving to create believable characters.


Planning An Effective Class Session, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen 2020 CSUSB

Planning An Effective Class Session, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen

Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy

This reflection is based on an educational assignment from my Intro to Theatre course at California State University, San Bernardino, April 2019.

As an educator, I am always interested in combining new techniques with tried and true approaches. My hope is twofold- enhance my students learning and keep me inspired.

The concept of a beginning, middle and end in all classes, provides structure for your students and keeps the pedagogy focused.

I incorporated the “I do, we do, you do” approach to support a well-balanced framework for the class period. This technique is a creative take on a beginning, middle ...


Developing And Using Grading Guides, Checklists, And Rubrics, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen 2020 CSUSB

Developing And Using Grading Guides, Checklists, And Rubrics, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen

Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy

This reflection is based on an educational assignment from my Intro to Theatre Arts course at California State University, San Bernardino, May 2019.

Providing students guidance when taking on a new assignment is essential. This direction may be achieved through a variety of sources: lectures, videos, examples of past students work, rubrics etc.

One approach, which may benefit the learner in the immediate and have a lasting impression, is teaching students to use the grading tool at hand (rubric/checklist) to improve assignments.

Following an example you have provided, the instructor will work with their students to use either a ...


Providing Useful Feedback, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen 2020 CSUSB

Providing Useful Feedback, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen

Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy

This reflection is based on an educational assignment from my Oral Interpretation of Literature course at California State University, San Bernardino, April 2019.

Assessment is an essential part of education. However, assessment shouldn’t necessarily come from only one source-the teacher. I believe students benefit from receiving feedback from not only their instructor, but from their peers and lastly from themselves. This layered reflection allows one to learn from what others feel about their work. It is essential to have a second eye if we are to grow as learners.

This multi-perspective view allows the student to offer critical analysis ...


Responding To Writing By Responding To Learning By Giving Effective Feedback, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen 2020 CSUSB

Responding To Writing By Responding To Learning By Giving Effective Feedback, Carol Damgen, Carol L. Damgen

Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy

This paper was a reflection on responding to your students writing by beginning the process with positive feedback. As writing instructors, it is important to focus on what our students are doing correctly with academic writing submissions and then offer suggestions for improvement.


Bridging The Gap: Exploring Indian Classical Dances As A Source Of Dance/Movement Therapy, A Literature Review., Ruta Pai 2020 Lesley University

Bridging The Gap: Exploring Indian Classical Dances As A Source Of Dance/Movement Therapy, A Literature Review., Ruta Pai

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Indian Classical Dances are a mirror of the traditional culture in India and therefore the people in India find it easy to connect with them. These dances involve a combination of body movements, gestures and facial expressions to portray certain emotions and feelings. There are seven major Indian Classical Dances- Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Mohiniattam. These dances possess three common aspects - Natya, Nritta and, Nritya. These aspects include several other elements which are at the core of these dances. This literature review focuses on three of those primary elements – Abhinaya, Gestures and Navarasas because they are used ...


Theatre Crawl: A Series Of Community Engagement Projects, Anna Rich 2020 Lesley University

Theatre Crawl: A Series Of Community Engagement Projects, Anna Rich

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This thesis will focus on Theatre Crawl, a devised and immersive theatre experience grounded in the techniques of drama therapy. Beginning as a creative outlet for drama therapy graduate students at Lesley University, Theatre Crawl has provided performance opportunities for students to exercise the creative and theatrical skills which initially brought many of them to the field of drama therapy. From April 2018 to January 2020, four Theatre Crawl events have been facilitated. All events originated from the belief that providing opportunities for drama therapists to engage in personal art-making is an essential practice for the field of drama therapy ...


What Is The Function Of Theoretical Theatre Ideas, Given The Content Presented In Modern Theatre?, James Carson Jester, Robert Earnest 2020 Coastal Carolina University

What Is The Function Of Theoretical Theatre Ideas, Given The Content Presented In Modern Theatre?, James Carson Jester, Robert Earnest

Honors Theses

ABSTRACT

In this work, I will look at the implications and history of theatre theory, then lay the

ground work for what works will be used in this examination. Then, I look at the definition

of form and content in theatrical terms and introduce the issue of this work, what is the

function of Theoretical Theatre ideas, given the content presented in modern theatre?

Then, I will talk about the work of Aristotle, giving brief biographical information and

some of his theory on creating theatrical work, citing his work known as The Poetics. I will

then look at the implications ...


New York, 1965: A Queer Retelling Of "The Odd Couple", Karmann Ludwig 2020 Bowling Green State University

New York, 1965: A Queer Retelling Of "The Odd Couple", Karmann Ludwig

Honors Projects

New York, 1965 explores the complicated gender and sexual politics of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, a story known and adapted by many. Despite being over fifty years old, few have written about the pressures of masculinity and heteronormativity within The Odd Couple; while Oscar and Felix live together and formulate their relationship in ways that mimic heterosexual marriage, most have accepted Oscar and Felix as unequivocally straight. New York, 1965 deconstructs The Odd Couple by pulling the source text out of the world of comedy and into a very real world that punishes vulnerability, affection, and love, while ...


Embodying Everyman: Allegory In Medieval And Contemporary Performance, Cara Geser 2020 Skidmore College

Embodying Everyman: Allegory In Medieval And Contemporary Performance, Cara Geser

English Honors Theses

Many scholars and theater artists accuse the Middle English morality play Everyman of being "tedious," "dry," or just plain "boring" due to its overt literal, religious, and dramatic allegory. However, when allegorical modes are placed in the theatrical sphere, an inherently fictional space curated for the purposes of exploration, allegory can yield discovery through personal interpretation achieved through theatrical meaning-making. This paper provides a deep examination of allegory, specifically in performance and in Everyman, arguing in favor of its relevance through prompting reevaluations and yielding subsequent revelations.


Toxic Masculinity In Henry V, Abigail King 2020 St. John Fisher College

Toxic Masculinity In Henry V, Abigail King

The Review: A Journal of Undergraduate Student Research

Toxic masculinity motivates the characters and plot of Henry V by William Shakespeare. The play revolves around King Henry V and how he is a model leader of England during the Hundred Years War. Henry uses what a “true” man should be to inspire his soldiers when morale is low. Further, manlihood is seen in the characters or lack thereof. Characters that fail to follow the high expectations of masculinity are killed. Audience members recognize the importance of masculinity throughout the play, although the outcomes of those stereotypes are dangerous seen in the superficial friendships and suppression of authentic self.


At The Mercy Of Monsters: Expressionism And Bram Stoker’S Dracula On The Stage, Nicholas Cardillo 2020 Susquehanna University

At The Mercy Of Monsters: Expressionism And Bram Stoker’S Dracula On The Stage, Nicholas Cardillo

Senior Scholars Day

It is from the Expressionistic style of theatre, first born out of pre-World War I tensions in Germany, that what we today associate with visual horror was first formed; film scholars suggesting that the horror movie as we know it was born out of Expressionistic nightmares like Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922). Therefore, in order to study the implementation of Expressionistic technique on theatrical performance, three adaptations of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, are studied as a horror story put on the stage. Analyzed herein is Hamilton Deane and ...


A Review Of Joanna Wharton, Material Enlightenment: Women Writers And The Science Of The Mind, 1770–1830, Kandice Sharren 2020 Simon Fraser University

A Review Of Joanna Wharton, Material Enlightenment: Women Writers And The Science Of The Mind, 1770–1830, Kandice Sharren

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

A Review of Joanna Wharton, Material Enlightenment: Women Writers and the Science of the Mind, 1770–1830, by Kandice Sharren


Review Of Women’S Periodicals And Print Culture In Britain, 1690–1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century, Lisa Maruca 2020 Wayne State University

Review Of Women’S Periodicals And Print Culture In Britain, 1690–1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century, Lisa Maruca

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

Review of Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain


Review Of Deborah Boyle On Margaret Cavendish, Dustin D. Stewart 2020 Columbia University

Review Of Deborah Boyle On Margaret Cavendish, Dustin D. Stewart

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

A review of Deborah Boyle's book The Well-Ordered Universe (2018), by Dustin D. Stewart.


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