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04 Palm Sunday Ceremonies In Poland: The Past And The Present, Teresa Bela 2021 Western Michigan University

04 Palm Sunday Ceremonies In Poland: The Past And The Present, Teresa Bela

Early Drama, Art, and Music

A reprint of a study of a long-lasting tradition of religious processions in Poland, originally published in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review 12, no. 2 (Spring 1990).


11 Medieval Actors And The Invention Of Printing In Late Medieval France, Graham A. Runnalls 2021 Western Michigan University

11 Medieval Actors And The Invention Of Printing In Late Medieval France, Graham A. Runnalls

Early Drama, Art, and Music

A reprint of a study of the dissemination of play texts in print and the performance of drama, originally published in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review 22 (Spring 2000).


10 The "Stuff" Of The Medieval Palette: Paint, Painters, And The Dramatic Records, Jon Terry Wade 2021 Western Michigan University

10 The "Stuff" Of The Medieval Palette: Paint, Painters, And The Dramatic Records, Jon Terry Wade

Early Drama, Art, and Music

A revision of a study of the availability of pigments painters used for pageant wagons, props, and costumes, originally published in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review 23 (2001).


09 The Arma Christi And The Croxton Play Of The Sacrament: A Prolegomenon To Regional Iconographic History, Ann Eljenholm Nichols 2021 Western Michigan University

09 The Arma Christi And The Croxton Play Of The Sacrament: A Prolegomenon To Regional Iconographic History, Ann Eljenholm Nichols

Early Drama, Art, and Music

An otherwise unpublished study of the East Anglian Croxton Play of the Sacrament in relation to devotion to the instruments of the Passion.


05 From Synthesis To Compromise: The Four Daughters Of God In Early English Drama, Hans-Jürgen Diller 2021 Western Michigan University

05 From Synthesis To Compromise: The Four Daughters Of God In Early English Drama, Hans-Jürgen Diller

Early Drama, Art, and Music

A reprint of a study of the Four Daughters of God in Middle English drama, originally published in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review 18, no. 2 (Spring 1996).


06 "Lyst Ye Saynt?" Saints In The Second Shepherds' Play, Karen Sawyer Marsalek 2021 Western Michigan University

06 "Lyst Ye Saynt?" Saints In The Second Shepherds' Play, Karen Sawyer Marsalek

Early Drama, Art, and Music

A reprint with revisions of a study of the saints named in the Second Shepherds' Play, originally published in Early Drama, Art, and Music Review 23 (2001).


“Sardoodledom” On The English Stage: T. W. Robertson And The Assimilation Of Well-Made Play Into The English Theatre, Anna Prośniak 2020 University of Lodz

“Sardoodledom” On The English Stage: T. W. Robertson And The Assimilation Of Well-Made Play Into The English Theatre, Anna Prośniak

Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture

The article discusses a vital figure in the development of modern English theatre, Thomas William Robertson, in the context of his borrowings, inspirations, translations and adaptations of the French dramatic formula pièce bien faite (well-made play). The paper gives the definition and enumerates features of the formula created with great success by the French dramatist Eugène Scribe. Presenting the figure of Thomas William Robertson, the father of theatre management and realism in Victorian theatre, the focus is placed on his adaptations of French plays and his incorporation of the formula of the well-made play and its conventional dramatic devices into ...


The Federal Theatre Project: A Model For Contemporary Lessons In Theatrical Accessibility, Lindsey Falgoust 2020 Belmont University

The Federal Theatre Project: A Model For Contemporary Lessons In Theatrical Accessibility, Lindsey Falgoust

Honors Theses

This thesis explores the methods of the Federal Theatre Project to define and develop accessibility in the theatre and how the contemporary theatre landscape can take these efforts to serve as a lesson and develop a new approach for progressing representation and accessibility. There are many instances of theatres utilizing certain practices from the FTP; however, this thesis demonstrates the need for an all-encompassing adoption of FTP methods by the American theatre community at large. It will serve as a suggestion for the redefining process of the American theatre industry to expand its audience to equally serve the country’s ...


Sorjuanismo: An Academic Devotion Towards Sor Juana, Uriel López-Serrano 2020 Bowdoin College

Sorjuanismo: An Academic Devotion Towards Sor Juana, Uriel López-Serrano

The Macksey Journal

I begin this essay with a short anecdote that describes a gathering of Sorjuanistas, a group of scholars who have devoted their careers in analyzing the life and literary work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (16848-95). I argue that even though the study of Sor Juana is usually interpreted as an academic endeavor, recent artistic projects have proven otherwise. Sorjuanistas have become scholar-artists who use the narrative of Sor Juana to shed light on the injustices experienced by Latin@ and Chicana@ individuals living in the United States. By creating dramatic works, Sorjuanistas exhibit their devotion to Sor Juana ...


Say “Yes And” To Improv: It’S Good For Your Brain, Anthony F. Tresca 2020 Trinity University

Say “Yes And” To Improv: It’S Good For Your Brain, Anthony F. Tresca

The Macksey Journal

Everyone improvises from the moment life begins, but few know what exactly happens when you improvise. Neuroscience shows the biological basis, and thus, the universality and practical application of improvisation. This recent research on the subject of improv shows why—for centuries—humans have been drawn to improv. The paper begins by offering historical antecedents to contemporary improvisation; then, moves on to discuss the rich history of American improvisation and the move towards integrating spontaneity into improvisational performances. Through close analysis of what makes something spontaneous, the effects of spontaneity on individuals have shown the “naturalness” of improv and its ...


Desegregation Through Entertainment: Rodgers And Hammerstein’S South Pacific As An Instrument Of Military Policy, Leana M. Sottile 2020 Chapman University

Desegregation Through Entertainment: Rodgers And Hammerstein’S South Pacific As An Instrument Of Military Policy, Leana M. Sottile

The Macksey Journal

American musical theatre has served as a composite of historical and cultural memory through its history but has also been an instrument of supporting changing American military policy and culture. The most notable example of this is Rodgers and Hammerstein's critically acclaimed musical South Pacific. Set during the Second World War II, the musical was celebrated by the American public for upholding Greatest Generation nostalgia and its progressive views on racial tolerance. Its depiction of the war was acclaimed by veterans and service members alike, prompting the shows heavy usage by the military to assist in the cultural changes ...


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 ...


Something In The Way She Moves: Bodily Motion As Innovation In Bernhardt’S Hamlet, Juliana Starr 2020 University of New Orleans

Something In The Way She Moves: Bodily Motion As Innovation In Bernhardt’S Hamlet, Juliana Starr

Foreign Languages Faculty Publications

Sarah Bernhardt’s audiences often described feeling thrilled by the star performer, and they relished the ways in which her agency exceeded their own. She developed a style of setting her entire body in motion, often in arresting, unusual ways. Using Sharon Marcus’s concept of “exteriority effects”-mobility, framing, tempo control, and hyperextension-this article analyzes Bernhardt’s stage movement in her most famous cross-gender role, Hamlet. It seeks to prove that the most revolutionary aspect of her performance was, ironically, not its cross gender aspect, but rather its virtuosic physical interpretation of the Prince as a determined man of ...


Assassin In The Crescent City: The Untold Story Of John Wilkes Booth On His Only Visit To New Orleans In The Spring Of 1864, Alex Christian Lucas 2020 Loyola University, New Orleans

Assassin In The Crescent City: The Untold Story Of John Wilkes Booth On His Only Visit To New Orleans In The Spring Of 1864, Alex Christian Lucas

The Macksey Journal

Was Booth fully radicalized into the Confederate cause during his time in New Orleans? John Wilkes Booth’s three weeks in New Orleans in the spring of 1864 occurred during a pivotal time of turbulence and change in his life in the year preceding his assassination of President Lincoln and brought several major issues to the forefront of his consciousness: his constant public comparison to his family and its legacy, his faltering stage career, his financial troubles, and his perceived oppression of the Confederate South, which he loved. Existing literature has established that 1864 was a pivotal year in which ...


"Yes And": Exploring And Heightening The Positive Psychology In Improvisation, Bridget Erica Elam 2020 University of Pennsylvania

"Yes And": Exploring And Heightening The Positive Psychology In Improvisation, Bridget Erica Elam

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

This capstone contains a brief introduction to positive psychology and the art of improvisation, including a review of the literature that supports improvisation’s potential well-being effects. Also included in this capstone is a description of an exploratory study on improvisation and well-being. In this study, positive and negative affect, resilience, loneliness, and perceived life satisfaction was measured among a group of actors and improvisers from all over the United States. The study also features qualitative data, collected from the same participants, coded for positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment (PERMA) in order to consider whether working without a ...


The Collaborators Draw The Circle, Gary K. Lengel 2020 University of New Orleans

The Collaborators Draw The Circle, Gary K. Lengel

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

The mystical appeal of a circle reverberates throughout the practice of theatre: from the story circles of our ancestors echoing through the caves and across the ancient savannahs to the modern-day arena palaces that allow playwrights, directors, actors, producers, designers, craftspeople, and, ultimately audiences, to engage and embrace our retold truths, we face each other in circles. This writing references academic instruction and professional experiences in live theatre, documenting various appearances of the circle metaphor as the rehearsal core drives through the production process. It is an endorsement of the circle’s power to the initial table read and beyond ...


The Good War?: Reinterpreting The Second World War In Contemporary Musical Theatre, Leana Sottile 2020 Chapman University

The Good War?: Reinterpreting The Second World War In Contemporary Musical Theatre, Leana Sottile

SURF Posters and Papers

For years, American musicals have contributed to the mythologization of the Second World War and upheld ‘Greatest Generation’ nostalgia in mainstream war memory. For example, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific is effectively silent on the brutality and dehumanization of the Pacific Theater and exoticizes the experience of service members. In the past five years, the New York theatre scene has seen three shows that portray the Second World War more accurately and less romantically: Allegiance, Bandstand, and Alice by Heart. While none of these shows ran for longer than a few months in New York, in that short time ...


Joe Corrie’S In Time O’ Strife, The General Strike Of 1926, And The Impasse Of Insurgent Masculinity, Paul Malgrati 2020 University of Glasgow

Joe Corrie’S In Time O’ Strife, The General Strike Of 1926, And The Impasse Of Insurgent Masculinity, Paul Malgrati

Studies in Scottish Literature

Examines the ex-miner and labour journalist Joe Corrie's three-act play In Time o’ Strife, set in West Fife ("the most significant working-class play written about the 1926 General Strike"), setting it in the context of Corrie's writing career, and exploring the psychological, familial, and political conflicts, including conflicts of gender roles, which it dramatizes.


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.


Anselm Heinrich. Theatre In Europe Under The German Occupation. Routledge, 2018., Scott G. Williams 2020 Texas Christian University

Anselm Heinrich. Theatre In Europe Under The German Occupation. Routledge, 2018., Scott G. Williams

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Anselm Heinrich. Theatre in Europe Under the German Occupation. Routledge, 2018. 274 pp.


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