Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Quills": Is the pen mightier than the sword?
by Chen, Michael Hsien-ming, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 14; 1520857
Abstract (Summary)

California Repertory Company's 2012 production of Quills, written by Doug Wright and directed by Larissa Kokemot, investigates society's treatment of artists and suggests that throughout time people in power have demonized artists by claiming they represent the risky, dangerous elements of society. Designing the scenery for this production offered me a rare opportunity to explore the history of French Empire period which I utilized to create a backdrop for the protagonist and facilitate an examination of the truth about censorship and humanity. Utilizing these visual elements as my primary metaphor, I created a realm in which the tension between spaces created an oppressive mood on stage, and the movement of the space looked and felt aggressive. This oppressive movement of the stage scenery was balanced by the stripping away of the stage furniture as the central character's life devolved. In the design, I attempted to express the illusion of censorship, the decline of humanity, and the rebirth of artistic freedom depicted through Marquis de Sade' s legacy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Korogodsky, Danila
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Publication Number: 1520857
ISBN: 9781267702548
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