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Grounding theatricality in reality: The creation of the role of Suzie in “Current Nobody”
by Johnson, Rowena, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 9; 1486647
Abstract (Summary)

This project report explores the process of creating a character that is meant to be 'big' in nature and of grounding that nature in reality, as realized in the role of Suzie in Melissa James Gilbert's Current Nobody . The play was produced by California Repertory Company aboard the Queen Mary in the Royal Theater, November 20th–December 12th, 2009.

Yevgeny Bagrationovvich Vakhtangov achieved a theatrical synthesis by marrying the methodologies of Constantin Stanislavski and Vsevolod Meyerhold. From this he created "Fantastic Realism", a technique that calls for the actor to be outwardly stylized and internally realistic. Through his methodology, I was able to achieve harmony between theatricality and the nuances of psychological realism in the development of my character Suzie.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schilling, Anne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: Gilbert, Melissa James
Publication Number: 1486647
ISBN: 978-1-124-27995-4
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