Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Circles and squares: Representing a Greco-Irish world
by Wallace, Jessica Ann, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 12; 1572450
Abstract (Summary)

The costume design, created by myself– Jessica Ann Wallace– for CSULB's Spring 2014 production of Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats utilized the symbology of the circle juxtaposed to that of the square along side the ageless style of mid-20th Century Irish Travellers in order to both capture and enhance the world and themes of this Irish tragedy. In mixing these three inspiration points, the costume design reflects Carr's thematic emphasis of fate, tragedy, and relentless cycles within a mystic, supernatural world. The circle visually represents an awareness of forces outside oneself thus characters who gravitate towards this end of the spectrum are portrayed in costumes with curvilinear lines; whereas, the square delineates characters who lack a mystical awareness and are more grounded with earthly matters through angular, straight lines. By the Bog of Cats is a play inspired by Greek tragedy yet set within a numinous Irish world; by using universal symbols for silhouette inspiration with the ambiguous style worn by Irish Travellers, the costume design effectively captures the essence of such a unique yet timeless story.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee: Jacques, David, Nathan, Joshua
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Theater
Keywords: Circle, Costume design, Square
Publication Number: 1572450
ISBN: 9781321466249
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