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Lecture 7

THEATER 10 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Street Theatre, Mexican Americans, Shining Light


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Theater
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THEATER 10
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Lane
Lecture
7

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Blackface
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
Broadway Musicals
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
o CABARET
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.
1965-1978
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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