THEATER 10 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Street Theatre, Mexican Americans, Shining Light
Course CodeTHEATER 10
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• Allowed performers to a shared space of racism
o Gateway of assimilation to becoming "American"
• Tucker refused to do "blackface" again after a couple times
• Yiddish theater brought to American stage the sound, belonging, aesthetics, looks, feel,
style of performance becomes synonymous w/ American Broadway star.
Fiddler on the Roof (Reading)
• Americans adopts "Fiddler on the Roof"
Serves as indicator of social success story of Jewish immigrants
• Shares w/ audience the insight that Jews are moving towards something better (moving
from Old World to America) leaving everything behind with hope and ambition.
• Legacy of Jewish theater
• Theme of assimilation and question "How far will you go for something better? How much
will you bend when push comes to shove"
Fiddler on the Roof
• Talks about breaking of tradition
o Opening number "tradition" is about closing of an era
1966 - Protests in America
• Inspired by Civil Rights Struggle
• Terrible things can potentially happen, wherever human beings are.
• Depicts Nazi rise to power
• Pushed envelope of what people were seeing in Broadway musicals
Chicano theater always responded to political times.
• Companies evolved, universities.. Would perform on street theater.
o Chicano actors shining light on conditions
Chicano Theater Styles
Major styles that came out during Chicano theater movement (1965-1978)
1. Actos - activate community
• Identify who we are as people
• Chicanos -> Mexican American born in US
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