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Author Foss, Matthew
Title Myths of the house theatre of Chicago (2002-2007) [electronic resource] : a dramaturgical study of Chicago's "next big thing" / by Matt Foss.
Publication Info. 2013.
Location Call No. Status Notes
 Libraries Electronic Books  Electronic Resource - WSU ETD    AVAIL. ONLINE
Description 236 p. : ill.
Note Advisor: Mary Elizabeth Anderson.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Wayne State University, 2013.
Summary In 2002, Chicago's theatre critics targeted The House as the next big story in the city's theatre community. The House's first play, The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan was a critical and financial hit for the young company. Peter Pan began a five-year period of nearly unprecedented success for The House. During this time, many discussions about The House dealt with a perceived mythical quality to the type of plays the young company was creating. This study examines this question of myth in The House's plays by creating a dramaturgy that incorporates the myth theory of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Vladimir Propp and Joseph Campbell to identify and analyze the presence of elements of myth and the patterns in which they occur. These patterns can be potentially identified by examining five of The House's most significant performance texts: The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, Death and Harry Houdini, the three plays of The Valentine Trilogy and The Sparrow, this study aims to identify what elements are at work in The House's hero stories.
Subject Theater
Drama -- Technique
Added Title Wayne State University thesis (Ph.D.) : Theatre
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