Drama & Theatre Studies major Katelyn Rivenbark delivered a Talk on the Steps for William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that explored feminism and gender roles in the 1970s, the decade in which our Elon production was set. Director Fred Rubeck chose the 1970s for Duke Orsino’s court because of the decade’s experimentations with gender play, women’s liberation, and free-wheelin’ free-lovin’ lifestyles. Katelyn explored several different key feminist moments in United States history from the 1970s, including Shirley Chisholm’s campaign for the Presidential nomination and the efforts of the National Organization of Women to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
This quiz was created by The Importance of Being Earnest dramaturgy team as part of their lobby display. Come see the performances April 6-9 in the McCrary Theatre. Tickets are now available at the Center for the Arts box office.
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
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/
For a class project, Theatre Studies and Management student Avery Ecker planned a lobby display for a speculative Elon production of Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights. Her research focused on Stream of Consciousness as a psychological concept and creative writing technique.
The display is planned to introduce audiences to the concept of Stream of Consciousness in Stein’s work, to draw comparisons to contemporary examples, and to encourage audiences to try the technique themselves. It includes an interactive card game in which audience members use randomly chosen images to spark Stream of Consciousness thinking aloud. Their thoughts are recorded and compiled to create an original artwork that is played back at the end of the performance. Continue reading Class Project: lobby display design for DOCTOR FAUSTUS LIGHTS THE LIGHTS by Avery Ecker