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BEYOND PERFORMANCE: PORTRAYING A GAY CHARACTER TRUTHFULLY AND EFFECTIVELY

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Date Issued:
2011
Abstract/Description:
Queer culture is finding an ever-increasing voice in the arts. Plays like The Laramie Project, Rent, and Angels in America have contributed to making queer identity a very present voice in popular culture. In this thesis, I investigate the excitement and complexity of a straight actor becoming a gay character on stage. Using my interpretation of "Jack" in Debbie Lamedman's new play, Triangle Logic, as a case study, I catalogue a three-month journey towards the effective embrace of truthfulness on stage. I expand the idea that actors must not layer on possibly offensive stereotypes to convey sexuality, but, instead, focus on telling the story through honest character relationships.
Title: BEYOND PERFORMANCE: PORTRAYING A GAY CHARACTER TRUTHFULLY AND EFFECTIVELY.
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Name(s): Fucci, Bryan, Author
Ingram, Katherine, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Queer culture is finding an ever-increasing voice in the arts. Plays like The Laramie Project, Rent, and Angels in America have contributed to making queer identity a very present voice in popular culture. In this thesis, I investigate the excitement and complexity of a straight actor becoming a gay character on stage. Using my interpretation of "Jack" in Debbie Lamedman's new play, Triangle Logic, as a case study, I catalogue a three-month journey towards the effective embrace of truthfulness on stage. I expand the idea that actors must not layer on possibly offensive stereotypes to convey sexuality, but, instead, focus on telling the story through honest character relationships.
Identifier: CFE0003626 (IID), ucf:48892 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Department of Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): performance
queer theory
stereotypes
new work
honesty
acting
gay
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003626
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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