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Precarious Democracy: "It Can't Happen Here" As The Federal Theatre's Site Of Mass Resistance, Macy Donyce Jones 2017 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Precarious Democracy: "It Can't Happen Here" As The Federal Theatre's Site Of Mass Resistance, Macy Donyce Jones

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

The scholarly consensus of the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) is that it was a massive undertaking set to employ theatre professionals during the Great Depression. That undertaking resulted in vibrant, relevant theatre that helped to build a theatre audience across the nation. Outside of the overview-style scholarship, specialized studies have delved into the FTP as a community-building enterprise, a site of racial/ethnic study, and an essential new play creator.

My scholarship fills a hole that previous FTP scholarship has left open. The FTP was a political machine engaged in producing pro-American propaganda. That aspect of production has been largely ...


Twelfth Night (Or What You Will) Postcard, USM Department of Theatre 2017 University of Southern Maine

Twelfth Night (Or What You Will) Postcard, Usm Department Of Theatre

Theatre Posters

Directed by Sara Valentine

"My master loves her dearly, and I, poor monster, fond as much on him, and she, mistaken, seems to dote on me. What will become of this?"

After surviving a shipwreck and disguising herself in the likeness of her drowned twin brother, the determined Viola becomes the center of a comic series of events: suitors and sword fights: disguise and deception; pranks and predicaments... Filled with some of Shakespeare's most unforgettable characters, eloquent poetry and poignant songs, Twelfth Night reveals the comedy and consequences of mistaken identity, unrequited love and devilish mischief.


The Native Plays Of Lynn Riggs (Cherokee) And The Question Of “Race”-Specific Casting, Courtney Mohler 2017 Butler University

The Native Plays Of Lynn Riggs (Cherokee) And The Question Of “Race”-Specific Casting, Courtney Mohler

Courtney Mohler

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Little (White) Women: Locating Whiteness In (De)Constructions Of The American Female From Alcott To Split Britches, Courtney Mohler 2017 Butler University

Little (White) Women: Locating Whiteness In (De)Constructions Of The American Female From Alcott To Split Britches, Courtney Mohler

Courtney Mohler

In 1988, the feminist/lesbian performance group Split Britches performed a deconstruction of Louisa May Alcott’s canonical Little Women. Their play, Little Women, the Tragedy (LWTT) highlighted the division within the feminist movement at the time over pornography, and called into question the norms of morality and feminine virtue reflected in and by Alcott’s classic ‘American girls’ novel.’ The play, however, illustrates a problematic construction of feminist/lesbian identity as outside of racial discourse. This paper argues that feminist performances which aim to deconstruct gender and sexuality should also be examined in terms of racialization; the common omission ...


Remapping Emotion And Desire: Same-Sex Romance In Ah Cheng's "The King Of Chess", Yanjie Wang 2017 Loyola Marymount University

Remapping Emotion And Desire: Same-Sex Romance In Ah Cheng's "The King Of Chess", Yanjie Wang

Yanjie Wang

This article examines the representation of emotion and desire in Ah Cheng's The King of Chess (Qi wang). The interpretation of The King of Chess has been oriented toward an allegorical reading that revolves around grand cultural concepts, such as aesthetics, Taoist tradition, cultural consciousness, and national identity. In this paradigm of reading, the literary text has largely become a footnote of the master narrative of China's cultural reconstruction of the 1980s. Following the recent interpretative turn of this story from cultural to existential and from allegorical to corporeal, the article extends to yet another domain, that of ...


Circle Mirror Transformation, Otterbein University Theatre and Dance Department 2017 Otterbein University

Circle Mirror Transformation, Otterbein University Theatre And Dance Department

2012 Summer Theatre

A sharply funny new play by emerging playwright Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation follows five people through a summer of "creative drama" in their small town's adult acting class. Led by their bohemian acting coach, the five experiment with harmless theatre games that unexpectedly lead to poignant discoveries about themselves and each other. At turns, surprisingly funny and subtly insightful, this revealing play reminds us why theatre is the most human of all arts.


Barefoot In The Park, Otterbein University Theatre and Dance Department 2017 Otterbein University

Barefoot In The Park, Otterbein University Theatre And Dance Department

2012 Summer Theatre

What happens when two very different people fall in love? Paul likes to wear his gloves in the winter and Corie wants to walk barefoot in the park. Mix in the crazy neighbors upstairs, Victor Velasco, who "wears Japanese kimonos and sleeps on rugs" and Corie's mother who "wears a hairnet and sleeps on a board" and expect some complications. Set in 1963, Barefoot in the Park captures the tension between the freedom of the burgeoning 60's and the conventions of the waning 50's. Corie and Victor are pre-hippies, attuned to their libidos and their desire for ...


Aku Kadogo Talks About "Salt City, A Techno-Choreo Poem", Zari McFadden, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Aku Kadogo 2017 Spelman College

Aku Kadogo Talks About "Salt City, A Techno-Choreo Poem", Zari Mcfadden, Aaron Carter-Enyi, Aku Kadogo

Africana Digital Ethnography Project

Jessica Care Moore (poet) and Aku Kadogo (choreographer, Spelman College) have developed a techno-choreopoem entitled Salt City. The work celebrates Black culture in Detroit: “the African-American presence in the city … [and] techno-music that was pioneered by African-American men straight out of the Detroit Metropolitan Area” (McFadden and Kadogo 2017). Kadogo was a founding member of the cast of Shange’s For Colored Girls and has worked in the genre for forty years.


Theatre For Social Change: Histories & Applications, Samantha J. Hageman 2017 Ursinus College

Theatre For Social Change: Histories & Applications, Samantha J. Hageman

Theater Summer Fellows

Theater is not only an art form, but also a method of communication and community-building. My research investigates how theater can be used to create social change. I study approaches to using theater as a vehicle for social change and a tool to communicate diverse perspectives and cultivate empathy. My work focuses on a history of theater for social change, examples of theater for social change including plays and performance pieces, and ways of both creating and teaching theater for social change. My project culminates in an annotated bibliography, a research paper, an original theater for social change monologue, and ...


French Theater And The Memory Of The Great War, Susan McCready 2017 University of South Alabama

French Theater And The Memory Of The Great War, Susan Mccready

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

A systematic examination of the ground on which French-language playwrights chose to stage their confrontation with the war would expose many of the literary and cultural biases on which our collective memory of the Great War is based. Even the brief outline of French-language war plays provided in this essay challenges many of our most cherished assumptions about war experience and the meaning of the Great War.


Nervous Salomes: New York Salomania And The Neurological Condition Of Modernité, Margaret K. Araneo 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Nervous Salomes: New York Salomania And The Neurological Condition Of Modernité, Margaret K. Araneo

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

In January 1907, New York City had its first major encounter with the figure of Salome. Appearing on three large stages in the city simultaneously, the archetype of the dancing girl quickly became an object of controversy. Her appearance at the Metropolitan Opera House in its staging of Strauss’s Salome resulted in public debate and the ultimate closure of the performance by the Met’s Board of Directors. The event brought attention to the Salome archetype’s already contested character. Salome arrived in the United States from Europe where she had been the subject of a quarter century of ...


"Propaganda For Democracy": The Vexed History Of The Federal Theatre Project, Karen E. Gellen 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

"Propaganda For Democracy": The Vexed History Of The Federal Theatre Project, Karen E. Gellen

All Graduate Works by Year: Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

My thesis explores and analyzes the Federal Theater Project’s cultural and political impact during the Depression, as well as the contested legacy of this unique experiment in government-sponsored, broadly accessible cultural expression. Part of the New Deal’s Works Projects Administration, the FTP aimed to provide jobs for playwrights, actors, designers, stagehands, and other theater professionals on relief in the stark period from 1935 to 1939. But the project became a nationwide political and artistic flashpoint, spurring fierce debate over the leadership, politics and impact of this “people’s theater.” The FTP gave professional theater an unprecedented reach into ...


The Second Pen, Nicholas D. Brennan 2017 CUNY Hunter College

The Second Pen, Nicholas D. Brennan

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

"The Second Pen" evaluates the historical relevancy of prevalent monikers for William Shakespeare-- namely, "The Bard," "Swan of Avon," and "Upstart Crow." While Brennan finds the general concept of the moniker to encapsulate Shakespeare's current historical legacy, he equally finds the aforementioned monikers to misrepresent this. Brennan offers "The Second Pen" as a moniker for Shakespeare that redresses the distortions of the others. He concentrates his defense of its relevancy around a defense of William Shakespeare as the "second pen" which Ben Jonson's 1605 Sejanus quarto names as a collaborator in the writing of a preceding stage version ...


The Force Of Seduction: The Use Of Rape Narratives In The Plays Of Aphra Behn, Caitlyn Piccirillo 2017 CUNY Hunter College

The Force Of Seduction: The Use Of Rape Narratives In The Plays Of Aphra Behn, Caitlyn Piccirillo

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

The English Restoration’s heightened interest in sexuality promoted the use of rape narratives on the stage. Aphra Behn, the first woman to earn her living as a playwright, used these narratives in her work (specifically in The Rover and The City Heiress) as a means of social critique.


"Hippie Acid Freak Drag Queens:" Situating The Cockettes Within An Art Historical Context, Scott Dow 2017 CUNY Hunter College

"Hippie Acid Freak Drag Queens:" Situating The Cockettes Within An Art Historical Context, Scott Dow

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

This thesis situates the Cockettes – a performance group rarely referenced in art historical discourse - within Bay Area performance art, second-wave feminist art, and the Gay Liberation Movement. Contextualizing the Cockettes within their contemporary art movements provides a new understanding of the group and emphasizes their significance to art history.


Finding The Shakespeare In Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet: A Comparison Of Plot And Character In The Seventeenth-~Century English Play And The Nineteenth-~Century French Opera, Bonita Elissa Bunt 2017 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Finding The Shakespeare In Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet: A Comparison Of Plot And Character In The Seventeenth-~Century English Play And The Nineteenth-~Century French Opera, Bonita Elissa Bunt

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

Although the 17th century play Hamlet by William Shakespeare was originally performed in English, its popularity grew throughout Europe, entering France’s robust theatre tradition around the turn of the 19th century. Multiple versions of the translated play became available and the story began to take on French characteristics as it was adapted for French audiences. By the time Hamlet was set by librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier and composer Ambroise Thomas, the story had morphed somewhat from the original Shakespeare. Much of the story was condensed and the ending was significantly changed. Originally successful after its 1868 premiere ...


The Female Writer And Her Female Characters: A Coming Of Age Story, Stephanie N. Grilo 2017 University of New Mexico

The Female Writer And Her Female Characters: A Coming Of Age Story, Stephanie N. Grilo

Theatre & Dance ETDs

In this essay, I review my growth and learning as a playwright in this MFA program. I position my play, Red Dirt, within the context of psychoanalysis and feminist theory as a study of the behavioral patterns that emerge when female melancholia and violent masculinity collide. I examine the praxis of my writing and research methodologies, as well as the technical, thematic, and academic aspects of my writing practice.


God’S Theatre: Voice Of A Frustrated Generation Of Theatre Students In 1980s Finland, Sanni M. Lindroos 2017 Lake Forest College

God’S Theatre: Voice Of A Frustrated Generation Of Theatre Students In 1980s Finland, Sanni M. Lindroos

Senior Theses

In 1987, four acting students who called themselves “God’s Theatre” from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki appeared naked on the stage Oulu City Theatre in Central Finland. One of the students split his wrists open with a razor blade, while the rest of the group attacked the audience with eggs, human feces, a fire extinguisher, and a baton. Finnish media labelled the act as terrorism and even a murder attempt. After being imprisoned for ten days, the students were allowed to continue their studies at the academy. Thirty years later, the Oulu incident still remains a part of the ...


An In-Depth Look At The Original Production Of Ordo Virtutum By Hildegard Of Bingen, Marie Phillips 2017 Stephen F Austin State University

An In-Depth Look At The Original Production Of Ordo Virtutum By Hildegard Of Bingen, Marie Phillips

Undergraduate Research Conference

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a German abbess in medieval times. She has been a saint of the Catholic church only since 2012, but she was a genius of her time. A woman of many talents, she was a composer, a theologian, an early scientist, writer, and so on. In her lifetime, she only wrote one play, Ordo Virtutum (or The Order of the Virtues), which was performed in 1152. This project sought to seek as much information as possible on why she created this play and its place in the history of theatre.


"We Are Family": The Influences Of American Culture On The Representation Of Family In Modern American Drama, DeAndre C. Short 2017 Lynchburg College

"We Are Family": The Influences Of American Culture On The Representation Of Family In Modern American Drama, Deandre C. Short

Student Scholar Showcase

The dramatic works that subject usually deals with the family unit reflect a particular issue in American culture—politically or socially. American playwrights often use their work to challenge popular ideologies and values embedded into American society. Often modern American drama incorporates political, social, and cultural issues as a means to develop the relationship between the family unit. The familial relationship(s) in modern American drama are influenced by the political, social, and cultural environments in the United States.


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