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Strange and Imponderable: The Wooster Group and Vieux Carre

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dc.contributor.advisor Jeffries, Joe en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Zelenak, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.author McMahan, Matthew en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Dramaturgy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T18:05:05Z
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-24T14:52:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T18:05:05Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-24T14:52:49Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-01
dc.identifier McMahan_grad.sunysb_0771M_10025.pdf en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/72604 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/55545 en_US
dc.description.abstract During a six month internship (from May to November 2009) with the experimental theatre company the Wooster Group, I documented the rehearsal process of their latest piece based on Tennessee Williams's Vieux Carr . In this thesis I provide, after a brief survey of the performance history and theory surrounding the company's oeuvre, an inside look into the group's new performance centered around Vieux Carr , and show how they use sub-texts, such as Andy Warhol's cinematic trilogy, Flesh, Trash, and Heat, along with work from postmodern video artist Ryan Trecartin, to demonstrate how the Wooster Group brings three qualities to their performance: precision, teeth, and the imponderable. Simply put, the Wooster Group is one of the most formative experimental companies in American theatre, whose unique process strives to invite audiences to strange and new experiences every performance, whether it be based on Gertrude Stein, Eugene O'Neil, or Arthur Miller. Williams's Vieux Carr is no exception. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Theater Studies. Theater History -- Performing Arts en_US
dc.subject.other Andy Warhol, Performing Garage, Ryan Trecartin, Tennessee Williams, Vieux Carre, Wooster Group en_US
dc.title Strange and Imponderable: The Wooster Group and Vieux Carre en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US


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