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Performing Propaganda: The Congressladies and the Role of Dramaturgy in Political Theater

  • Author(s): Rossi, Richard Francis
  • Advisor(s): Chemers, Michael
  • et al.
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Abstract

This thesis examines the practical contributions of the dramaturg during the collaborative process as well as the working relationships between the dramaturg and the other members of the cast and technical crew. A major aim of the work is to determine the role of a dramaturg in political drama, while also looking at the purpose of such theater in a politically hegemonic area.

Partially a reflection on personal practice and experience working on heavily politicized theater, it will also analyze the changing requirements of the dramaturg based on the aims of the theatrical piece. Additionally, this thesis will look at the use of historical research in political drama as a method of informing decisions and adaptations as well as enforcing or eliminating political bias.

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