Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Internal conflicts through external design: Costuming the contradictions in “The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer”
by Li, Lan, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 12; 1517717
Abstract (Summary)

This project report examines the process undertaken and techniques utilized to accomplish historical accuracy and theatrical clarity in a costume design for The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Carson Kreizer. This dramatic and complex play was produced by California Repertory Company and directed by Dr. Joanne Gordon at the Royal Theatre on the Queen Mary, September 23-October 15, 2011.

I intend to demonstrate the dramaturgical and interpretive development of a theatrical world in which historical characters and the playwright's poetic imagination live together seamlessly. The two primary elements of this world, as reflected by my design, are the history of J Robert Oppenheimer's life and the empirical, abstract and often aggrieved imagination of his inner, contradictory nature. Through the integration of various processes, including common material dye and crafting techniques, I created costumes that accurately reflected the given circumstances while providing a broadly theatrical visual and symbolic palette with which the actors evolved the play's dramatic arc and emotional tenor.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theater
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Publication Number: 1517717
ISBN: 9781267470782
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