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Towards a queer theatre: Four plays


2008 2008

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Towards a Queer Theatre consists of an analysis of queer and community theory in order to discuss the current state of queer theatre. It also provides me, as a gay-identified man working in the theatre, the opportunity to offer my own theatrical works to the canon. "Queer" and "community" are terms defined in the Introduction. Chapter One provides a definition of "queer theatre" and analyzes eight plays from the queer theatre that have enjoyed visibility within the mainstream theatrical world in order to discuss tropes, patterns, and themes that reflect, reify, or refute tropes, patterns, and themes that have appeared in queer plays that pre-date the plays included herein. Chapter Two includes a preface detailing the process by which I composed Summer of the Wolf, how the production of the play influenced the draft included in this dissertation, and how the play reflects queer and community theory. It also contains the draft of the play as it was performed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Chapter Three includes a preface that discusses theories behind the creation of queer solo performance and why they are an important facet of the queer theory. It also discusses the connection between queer and monster theory, which manifested in the creation of the solo performance, Othernatural, that comprises the main body of this chapter. Chapter Four includes a preface discussing the limits of community, definitions and borders of sexual identity, and considers the erasure of the queer from history. Following are two one-act plays, Like You and Out There, that demonstrate these concepts. Chapter Five concludes this dissertation by posing the question, "What lies on the horizon for future queer theatre artists?" It also considers the responsibilities and hopes that belong to these artists.

Ultimately, this dissertation addresses the importance of the queer theatre, as well as the place of queer artists within the mainstream theatre, and through the inclusion of my own work, provides an example of current activity within the queer theatre.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Literature;
Theater;
American literature;
Gender
Classification
0298: Literature
0465: Theater
0591: American literature
0733: Gender
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Gay; Lesbian; Original writing; Playwriting; Queer; Theatre
Title
Towards a queer theatre: Four plays
Author
Carlsen, Laramie Dean
Number of pages
357
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0209
Source
DAI-A 69/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549605560
Advisor
Rush, David
Committee member
Bogumil, Mary; Fletcher, Anne; Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig; Gray, Jonathan
University/institution
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Department
Theater
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3311030
ProQuest document ID
89235398
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/89235398
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