Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Redressing the social stereotypes and subjugation of ‘woman’ through the art of theatre
by Raneri, Rosanne, M.A., State University of New York Empire State College, 2011, 68; 1501941
Abstract (Summary)

Most contemporary theatre practice is dedicated to producing plays in the realism genre, but plays of that genre tend to reduce the scope of women's identity and agency. By directing Megan Terry's Obie Award-winning play Approaching Simone, I learned of the catalytic components of a feminist play and of the ways in which feminist views and goals can inform theatre practice. By applying feminist and postmodern theories to theatrical production work, I succeeded at exposing social circumstances that influence and restrict women, and highlighted how the principle female character in Terry's play, Simone Weil, exemplifies resistance, self-authorship, and unfamiliar identity, defies realism's objectification, and positions woman as the primary subject. As a play of non-realism, Approaching Simone also offered the opportunity to discover how theory may combine with practice to expand theatre art's range of human possibilities and engage the potential of a scholarly, psychologically, and physically liminal space.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bates, Cynthia
Commitee: Handley, Elaine
School: State University of New York Empire State College
Department: Liberal Studies
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Theater
Keywords: Approaching, Feminist, Non-realism, Production, Terry, Megan, Theatre, Weil, Simone
Publication Number: 1501941
ISBN: 978-1-124-99594-6
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