Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A house of chaos: Creating a world of life's unpredictable nature
by Norouzi, Narges, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 13; 10076442
Abstract (Summary)

The scenic design for The Clean House production in Spring 2015 at California Repertory Company Queen Mary’s Royal Theatre created a transformative world. In this world, the human mythical spirituality is in contrast with contemporary rationalism. At the start of the play, a forbidden love affair puts the five characters in an awkward and entangled relationship with each other. Gradually, the turn of events takes the characters through a journey together. A female doctor, a housewife, a young maid seeking her dream, an old woman falling in love, and a surgeon in search of spiritual revival cheating on his wife face a dilemma for their choices in life. Throughout the story, their routine, normal lives turn into chaos. As the characters’ connection with each other changes from shallow to deep, the set design created a bourgeois world order and “normality” that gradually turned into chaos and finally into deliverance at the end of the story. The scenic design was based on the contrasting reality of perpetual chaos and unpredictable charisma of life against the steady and rigid nature of the social condition within the capitalistic society.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Korogodsky, Danila
Commitee: Jacques, David M., Smith, Nancy J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Theater
Keywords: Stage design
Publication Number: 10076442
ISBN: 9781339587073
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