English major Rosie Ruzzi created this costume design for a “Daughter of Niger” in Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Blackness (1605) as part of a research project on the role of women in Renaissance court theatre. Her project looked at the limited public roles available for women in the Jacobean era, and how the Queen and her court ladies used masque performances at court to display themselves as independent women participating in global politics. Her design features Queen Anne’s use of blackface to represent perceived British superiority to the racial Other, as well as rich textiles available only to the aristocracy, and the nautical theme Jonson employed as a metaphor for the new British colonialism. Popular at the Jacobean court, performances like The Masque of Blackness were lavish displays of wealth and power.
Theatrical Design & Production major Jaclyn Kanter created this dramaturgy website as part of a larger dramaturgy project on Medea by Euripides. The website explores recent contemporary productions of Medea and how modern audiences understand and appreciate this 2500-year-old work by Greek playwright Euripides. Follow the link to learn more about contemporary critical and artistic responses to Medea, a classical tragedy about family, betrayal, and gender: http://contemporarygreektheatre.weebly.com
Theatrical Design & Production and Spanish double major Marie Bolona created this online “mini-museum” about the Delano Grape Strike and Farmworkers movement as part of a larger dramaturgy project on El Teatro Campesino’s play Las Dos Caras Del Patroncito. In the mini-museum, audience members view a variety of images of people and events related to the Delano Grape Strike, 1965-1970. They then use their smart phones to follow a QR code to this online dramaturgy website where a short informational blog post explains the importance of that person or event to the Farmworkers movement and strike. Follow this link to see all the informational blog posts associated with the mini-museum images, and to learn more about how Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino used theatre to support the movement and to celebrate Chicano identity: http://delanograpestrikedramaturgy.tumblr.com/
Arts Administration and Drama and Theatre Studies double major Avery Falick created this dramaturgy website about Argentina’s “Dirty War” as part of a larger lobby display project on Griselda Gambaro’s play El Campo (The Camp). The dramaturgy website offers audiences for an imaginary production of The Camp a variety of ways to engage with the script, from interviews with Gambaro, one of Argentina’s most famous playwrights, to documentary videos on the “Dirty War,” to photographs of people involved. Follow the link to learn more about the oppression experienced by Gambaro and Argentina’s Leftists, artists, and activists in the 1970s and early 1980s: http://dramaturgythe303.tumblr.com/
Drama and Theatre Studies major Lexi Hirvo created this dramaturgy website about gender roles in Tennessee Williams’s classic 1947 drama A Streetcar Named Desire as part of a larger lobby display project. The website offers audiences for an imaginary production of the script one of several ways to engage with questions of gender and relationships. Follow the link to learn more about femininity in the culture of the Southern United States, the upheaval in gender roles following World War II, and social expectations of teachers and mothers in the 1940s: http://streetcardigiturgy.tumblr.com/
Theatre Studies and Finance double major Avery Ecker created a board game that takes players along with Harper Regan on her journey through the play by Simon Stephens. Players collect points as they move through moments in Harper’s life, and learn facts about British culture along the way.
Theatre Studies and Arts Administration double major Avery Falick created a playlist of songs inspired by the script for Harper Regan and the writing process of playwright Simon Stephens. The lyrics and mood of each song correspond to each scene in the play, offering the listener an aural experience of the script. You can find her Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1251474173/playlist/3LXZaksdkf2BfTPbF2Zy9u
The rationale for each song is included below. Warning: spoilers!