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ERIC Number: ED263649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-31
Pages: 18
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Theatre as Political Statement.
Gillespie, Patti P.
To determine what the plays that high school theater groups produce teach audiences about politics, a study was conducted in which surveys of members of the International Thespian Society were examined and a list of the twenty plays most often produced since World War II was compiled. Analysis of the most popular plays reveals that they portray a world populated primarily by white, middle-aged, middle class Americans. American drama is the only drama represented. Only plays from the past are popular, and only successful Broadway plays or adaptations of popular novels or films are represented. Therefore, students, the audiences for these plays, might well conclude that the part of the world that truly matters is a Christian, white, middle-class, small-town world where free enterprise, self-fulfillment, and patriarchy are the accepted principles. Worst of all, students might feel that drama is trivial, with no connection to their own lives. Directors of high school productions must begin to select plays that not only provide entertainment but also stimulate students' interest and cause them to examine their lives and the world around them. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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