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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Gentlemen Redux” and the Death of the American dream
by Engstrom, Rachel M., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 10; 1504454
Abstract (Summary)

Gentlemen Redux, conceived and directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca for California State University Long Beach, remodeled Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona using an acrobatic physicality and rock songs. In order to convey "wholesomeness that cannot be maintained," while including the elements requested by the director, I took inspiration for the costume design from the transitional period of the 1950s-1960s, emphasizing the disenfranchisement of the American Dream. Norman Rockwell, a prolific American artist, painted everyday scenes infused with nostalgia for a simpler way of life. His images, depicting the American Dream, serve as inspiration for the costumes of Verona. The military represent the establishment that many subcultures, including biker gangs, rejected during the Vietnam War. From the idealized visions of Rockwell and the celebrated World War II veterans, the American Dream was believable, but slowly that belief unraveled. I tried to mirror this disillusionment in the costumes of Gentlemen Redux.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater, Design
Keywords: Farmanesh-Bocca, John, Costume design, Theater
Publication Number: 1504454
ISBN: 978-1-124-99387-4
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