midterm 11-13 - Guiding Questions How does theatre help...

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Guiding Questions How does theatre help create identity? How can theatre be used to create social change? We missed: Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman Willie Lowman, failed salesman, trying to get his sons to buy into the idea of the American dream. His usefulness as a salesman has stopped. Now he is not making enough to support his family and is starting to feel worthless. Suicide? Hope that there is money left over for his family. Biff wants to live a different kind of life, conflict between a father and a son. Social issue of how you and others view your success. Place monetary success over the value of human life. Tennessee Williams Streetcar Named Desire Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Bringing things up that were difficult to talk about in society like sex, rape, and homosexuality. Our own definitions of success bind us and keep us from actually succeeding. And the Soul Shall Dance (1974) in Context Wakako Yamauchi Internment during WWII Kuroko The people who work in the Japanese stage convections of kabuki who dress all in black- they’re the stage hands. Contribute to the artistic meaning of the piece. East West Players (1965) Plays created by Asian American Communities, not done in “yellowface.” Identity-specific theatres invented to speak to that specific community. Took Chinese, Japanese, and Korean groups together to collectively tell stories. Miss Saigon Controversy (1990) Very successful in England. Wanted to have a white British actor playing a Vietnamese character, casting was protested. Actor’s Equity would not allow for this to happen. Who has the right to tell someone’s story? Yellowface is more common in theatre than blackface. DD Long (famous stage actor, Law and Order SVU) says that this is not ok. *idk how spell things* This play takes place in 1935, before the internment happens because of WWII. Etc. August Wilson fought against black minstrelsy, and he put the black suffering in black bodies and black storytelling. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mickey Rooney dresses in yellowface, put on certain idea of what it looks like to be Asian and saying that they are just like that.
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People that aren’t Asian but changing their identity by enforcing stereotypes of different races. It was culturally accepted view of taking on Asian American identity and portray it. Stereotypical and negative, book mentions that East West Players are formed like black theatres against people saying what you are. “this is what it means to be Asian-black-woman-chicano-etc.” This was their way to say “no more” to the _____face. 11/11/2015 And the Soul Shall Dance Gender relationships Institutional racism onto Japanese people in the early 1900’s.
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