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Title:A Critical Examination of Readers Theatre
Author(s):Guion, Keith Douglas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hobgood, B.,
Department / Program:Theatre
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Speech Communication
Abstract:The search for the origin of Readers Theatre usually leads to Charles Laughton, Paul Gregory and Don Juan in Hell. This production and other Laughton-Gregory collaborations clearly influenced the form Readers Theatre took between 1950 and 1970, but it raises other questions. Readers Theatre has academic connections; it began as an extra-curricular activity before it was part of the Interpretation curriculum. Understanding Readers Theatre's place in its academic environment comes not from Laughton or Gregory, but from an examination of higher education itself, and in the formation of the Speech Department. Analysis of related work interpretation and Theatre reveals ideas that have an impact, directly or indirectly, on Readers Theatre. This analysis culminates in the recognition in the theatre a performer-text symbiosis, a concept which applies to Interpretation and Readers Theatre also, but has not been explored in these fields. The theories of Hegel and the practical work of Cicely Berry apply as much to Interpretation and Readers Theatre as they do to the theatre.
Issue Date:1990
Description:218 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9114250
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-17
Date Deposited:1990

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