Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2017

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Art Borreca

Abstract

William Shakespeare and Sarah Kane are playwrights who for drastically different reasons have left indelible impacts upon the theatrical world. A key factor in each of their plays is the presentation of violence. Shakespeare uses violence for observable, orthodox reasons of driving the plot forward, while Kane uses it for sensory effect, social commentary, and for subverting traditional narrative expectations. This study examines how violence and fighting work as dramaturgical tools in these playwrights’ work, by individual examination, juxtaposition, and the use of other pieces of drama to inform these two differing schools of theatrical violence.

Keywords

Dramaturgy, Sarah Kane, Stage Combat, Stage Directions, Theatrical Violence, William Shakespeare

Pages

v, 54 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 52-54).

Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Lukas Christopher Brasherfons

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