Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Theater Arts

First Advisor

Laurence Kominz

Subjects

Kyōgen -- Criticism and interpretation, Kyōgen -- History, Kyōgen -- United States

DOI

10.15760/honors.301

Abstract

Can an art form that is many hundreds of years old and from a country on the other side of the world effectively entertain an modern American audience? And if it can, need it lose any of the elements that are key to its form and cultural importance to do so? This is a question many have asked when discussing multicultural theater. In this project I have attempted to bridge the gap between ancient Japan and the modern United States by writing, directing, and producing an original kyogen play. Developed in the thirteenth century, kyogens are short comedic plays similar to comedia del arte. After studying many kyogen scripts, and watching countless hours of kyogens being performed, I have attempted to create an original work that both keeps the spirit and form of the orginal medium intact, but also will speak to and engage its target American audience.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelors of Science in University Honors and the Department of Theater with a Japanese minor

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/17486

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