Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Art Borreca

Abstract

Family Dinner examines the social construction of the Asian American family in the most hyper dysfunctional way. The characters in the play do not necessarily have to be played by an Asian American but the family holds Asian American values and ideals. Therefore, through a different cultural lens, the hope is to effectively blend the cultural values that are physically and culturally familiar no matter what the race of a family it may be. This creates a point of entry for audience members of difference cultural and social background to simultaneously view the play with a familiar point of view. The objective is then to critique the absurdity in the social cultural values and to redefine the meaning of the All-American family. Lastly, what needs to be acknowledged is that the play, in its current draft and form, is a play that is still in process. The process of rewriting is significant to the writer because it is in this act of rewriting where the writer learns to hone his or her own technique in the art of playwriting.

Public Abstract

Family Dinner examines the social construction of the Asian American family in the most hyper dysfunctional way. The characters in the play do not necessarily have to be played by an Asian American but the family holds Asian American values and ideals. Therefore, through a different cultural lens, the hope is to effectively blend the cultural values that are physically and culturally familiar no matter what the race of a family it may be. This creates a point of entry for audience members of difference cultural and social background to simultaneously view the play with a familiar point of view. The objective is then to critique the absurdity in the social cultural values and to redefine the meaning of the All-American family. Lastly, what needs to be acknowledged is that the play, in its current draft and form, is a play that is still in process. The process of rewriting is significant to the writer because it is in this act of rewriting where the writer learns to hone his or her own technique in the art of playwriting.

Keywords

publicabstract, asian american, comedy, family, humor, life, playwriting

Pages

vi, 80 pages

Copyright

Copyright 2015 Sarah Cho

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