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Romulus Linney

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page research paper that, first of all, discusses the biography of American playwright Romulus Linney. The writer discusses his many accomplishments and his writing and then particularly focuses on Linney's play Holy Ghosts, offering a synopsis and analysis. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Arthur Miller

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page essay that discusses what elements in Miller's biography may have influenced the creation of his play Death of a Salesman. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 6 page paper, including a short outline. The paper first provides a brief biography of Miller and how the Great Depression affected his life, including his plays. Many of his experiences can be seen reflected in his work. The second part of the paper discusses The Crucible. Ostensibly, the play was about the witchcraft ...

La Sonnambula

  • 5 page paper

( 5 pp) La Sonnambula (1831)is one of Vincenzio Bellini's (1801-1835)top three operas among the listening audience, and in tone is certainly the most light-hearted. This is not to cancel in any way the vocal pyro-technics of the bel canto tradition, which appears in this performance. The performers are not power-driven, ...

This 3 page paper discusses the themes of love, religion and politics in Sophocles’ play “Antigone.” Bibliography lists 2 sources.

An 8 page paper which examines the theme aids in driving the plot, is employed in character development, and serves as a reflection of life, times and religions of the periods in which they were written. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 3 page paper which examines the method of engagement in using dramatic arts for teaching religious values, and helping children discover their own individuality and spirituality. No sources cited.

A 5 page paper which compares the stories of “The Butcher Boy” by Patrick McCabe and “Zigger Zagger” by Peter Terson. The paper focuses on childhood, religion, and rebellion. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 5 page paper looks at the motivations and enticements which may cause adolescents to pursue a career in acting. Different influences are discussed, including the rational, opportunist and socio-cultural influences,. The paper ends by looking at the characteristics that will help support a successful career. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

Hare's "Amy's View"

  • 6 page paper

A six page paper looking at the critical reception of David Hare's 1997 play. Critical reviews are assessed through a genre approach; a normative approach; a literary history approach, and finally an interdisciplinary literary analysis. Bibliography lists four sources.

This is a 5 page paper discussing two plays which manage to overcome the obstacle of death. David Ives’ “All in the Timing” and Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” are two plays which manage to overcome death and dark themes by skilful timing and framing of dark elements within lighter and farcical works. In both plays ...

This five-page-paper is an in-depth discussion on the development of Method Acting and the man who invented it. Konstantin Stanislavski was an actor who developed a step by step process to acting that involved the use of the actor's own emotions as well as physical logic. Bibliography lists four sources.

This 5 page paper provides an overview of the acting and directorial force in the infamous play, Reverend Billy, and suggests that the powerful message of the play is defined more by the quality of the acting and the directorial focus than by the actual content of the play itself. No sources cited.

This 3 page paper discusses the way Aristophanes uses the story of Lysistrata to discuss gender relations, women’s rights, and war in ancient Greece. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

(5 pp). Ancient Greeks cared deeply about the pursuit of knowledge. Although the truth was often a terrifying concept, they still saw it as a critical virtue. The theater with its chorus and collection of ancient stories, was one way in which the ideas of knowledge and truth were examined. How ...

This 10 page report discusses Arthur Miller’s 1949 dramatic classic “Death of a Salesman.” The play is clearly a tragedy but its format of tragedy must be extended to consider other implications than dramatic formula. Because it tells the story of a man of the 20th century does not make it any less “tragic” than the stories of “Macbeth” ...

(6 pp) Theater has an ancient definitive term that has held it in good stead for quite some time. It is called the "suspension of disbelief." What it means is that when I go into the theater, I am willing to take the risk of not understanding everything that I see. ...

A 7 page essay that examines the stagecraft employed in these two works. While the art of playwriting has evolved and changed over the course of Western civilization, playwrights whether ancient or modern had to accomplish similar tasks in the storytelling and dramatization. The audience, in both cases, has to be informed about the background ...

This 8 page paper traces the various types of lighting used in theatrical productions and argues that electric light changed the entire concept of theatrical presentation. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Stephen Sondheim

  • 6 page paper

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is profiled in this 6 page paper. His influence on American musical theater is integrated into a history of theater itself. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 10 page paper explores the history and eventual demise of the Minstrel Shows of the 19th century. Bibliography lists six sources.

A ten page history of the era during the nineteenth century when theater and spectacle merged, as epitomized by the use of horses in a production of 'Blue-Beard' at London's Covent Garden. The role of well-known actor and producer John Philip Kemble is discussed. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

This 6 page report discusses the socially subservient roles of women in theses three works of literature. Throughout history, it has been men’s perceptions regarding the women they love that have defined the final aspects of who women are “allowed” to be. As a result, women have generally accepted men’s views of them since men have traditionally been those controlling ...

(5 pp) The roles of women in the past are being examined more and more - perhaps to discover the true nature of women, or more rightly to see how the "viewing" of women has changed through history. In this discussion we will use major playwrights of different time periods, to see how ...

(5 pp) The roles of women in the past are being examined more and more - perhaps to discover the true nature of women, or more rightly to see how the "viewing" of women has changed through history. In this discussion we will use major playwrights of different time periods, to see how ...

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