Research Publication Title

Saved By the Change: Theatre's Impact in the 80s and Today

Major

Theatre

Faculty Mentor(s)

Amy M. Pinney

Abstract

In this research presentation, I explore the ways that 1980's theatre gave voice and inspired change in the midst of a society that desperately needed it and the parallels between then and now that have come to light. Over the past 30 or so years, common themes have emerged that exposed a time of deep pain and lack of a sense of belonging. I focus on some specific playwrights and their plays that had a huge impact on initiating change during that time. For example, Angels in America by Tony Kushner gave a voice to the gay community and drew attention to their struggles. I delve into the purpose and relevance of the play and the message that the playwright was trying to convey. I explore what was trying be said and changed. Also, I highlight the themes and events in the plays that are relevant in today's society. Drawing these parallels is important because I want to show that the art that has opened our eyes to these issues, struggles and problems is still necessary today. The struggle for many segments of the population is still as real as it was during the 80s. Unequal rights and justice for some is still prevalent. Theatre continues to be the outlet of choice for writers and viewers alike. Although the decade has changed comedies, satires, musicals and dramas are used to champion the causes and celebrate the successes of today's society.

Start Date

10-4-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 11:15 AM

Location

HSB 211

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Saved By the Change: Theatre's Impact in the 80s and Today

HSB 211

In this research presentation, I explore the ways that 1980's theatre gave voice and inspired change in the midst of a society that desperately needed it and the parallels between then and now that have come to light. Over the past 30 or so years, common themes have emerged that exposed a time of deep pain and lack of a sense of belonging. I focus on some specific playwrights and their plays that had a huge impact on initiating change during that time. For example, Angels in America by Tony Kushner gave a voice to the gay community and drew attention to their struggles. I delve into the purpose and relevance of the play and the message that the playwright was trying to convey. I explore what was trying be said and changed. Also, I highlight the themes and events in the plays that are relevant in today's society. Drawing these parallels is important because I want to show that the art that has opened our eyes to these issues, struggles and problems is still necessary today. The struggle for many segments of the population is still as real as it was during the 80s. Unequal rights and justice for some is still prevalent. Theatre continues to be the outlet of choice for writers and viewers alike. Although the decade has changed comedies, satires, musicals and dramas are used to champion the causes and celebrate the successes of today's society.