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BREAKING TRADITION: REACHING FOR THE AVANT-GARDE IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

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Date Issued:
2009
Abstract/Description:
This thesis seeks to unearth the concept of breaking tradition in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in the United States by applying the avant-garde theory of Arnold Aronson as a lens through which to investigate the current development of US TYA. After formulating an approach in which to negotiate the concept of the avant-garde, I draft five tenets that currently define tradition in the field of US TYA. Situating these five tenets against AronsonÂÂ's theoretical framework, I examine three contemporary US TYA plays from the past two centuries: Black Butterfly, Hush: An Interview with America, and Atypical Boy. Within these scripts, I probe for moments where these five tenets break to manifest possible tendencies toward the avant-garde. I then conclusively reflect and problematize these findings in order to raise questions about each scriptÂÂ's relationship to the avant-garde and significance to the development of the field, ultimately provoking further discourse surrounding the role of avant-garde methodology within US TYAÂÂ's current position and state of progression.
Title: BREAKING TRADITION: REACHING FOR THE AVANT-GARDE IN THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.
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Name(s): Hoppe, Meredith, Author
Listengarten, Julia, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis seeks to unearth the concept of breaking tradition in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in the United States by applying the avant-garde theory of Arnold Aronson as a lens through which to investigate the current development of US TYA. After formulating an approach in which to negotiate the concept of the avant-garde, I draft five tenets that currently define tradition in the field of US TYA. Situating these five tenets against AronsonÂÂ's theoretical framework, I examine three contemporary US TYA plays from the past two centuries: Black Butterfly, Hush: An Interview with America, and Atypical Boy. Within these scripts, I probe for moments where these five tenets break to manifest possible tendencies toward the avant-garde. I then conclusively reflect and problematize these findings in order to raise questions about each scriptÂÂ's relationship to the avant-garde and significance to the development of the field, ultimately provoking further discourse surrounding the role of avant-garde methodology within US TYAÂÂ's current position and state of progression.
Identifier: CFE0002968 (IID), ucf:47951 (fedora)
Note(s): 2009-12-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Department of Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): theatre for young audiences
avant-garde
young people
theatre
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0002968
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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