The Contemporary American Dramatic Trilogy: A Critical Study

The Contemporary American Dramatic Trilogy: A Critical Study

by Robert J. Andreach


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The dramatic trilogy has been flourishing for some time now in new works and revivals of older works by American, British, and European playwrights. This book analyzes recent American works by Caucasian, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American men and women. There are five chapters beginning with Opposing Families (trilogies of, e.g., Lanford Wilson, Foote, Machado, and McCraney are examined). Carson, Rabe, and McLaughlin are among those in the Classical Reimaginings chapter while Coen, Berc, and Wolfe constitute the Medieval Reimaginings chapter. Van Itallie, Havis, Rapp, and Hwang, among others, create New Forms. LaBute, Fierstein, and Nelson, among others, create New Selves. The concluding chapter is devoted to Ruhl’s Passion Play, which spans 400 years of theatre-creating from Elizabethan England to Hitler’s Germany to the Reagan era in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786470976
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert J. Andreach lives in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv

Introduction: Triptych, Performance Art and Trilogy 1

1 Opposing Families 7

2 Classical Reimaginings 53

3 Medieval Reimaginings 84

4 New Forms 98

5 New Selves 139

Conclusion: Passion Play 171

Notes 177

Bibliography 185

Index 189

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