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Playwright as Enchanter: A Compositional Method in Dramatic Writing


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Playwright as Enchanter: A Compositional Method in Dramatic Writing

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Title: Playwright as Enchanter: A Compositional Method in Dramatic Writing
Author: Hernandez Escobar, Georgina
Advisor(s): Herrera, Brian
Committee Member(s): Linnell, James
Avila, Elaine
Saldana, Carlos
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Theater and Dance
Subject: Pictoral Imagination, Playwright as Enchanter, The Ruin, The Circuz, Escobar, Fantasy, Myth, Folklore
LC Subject(s): Playwriting
Semiotics in literature
Fantasy in literature
Myth in literature
Folklore in literature
Visualization in literature
American drama--21st century
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: The plays The Circuz and The Ruin are shaped by a compositional method that I will describe as Playwright as Enchanter. I explore the use of semiotics, fantasy, myth, folklore, and the Pictoral Imagination and how they operate in original works from inception to production. I define the Pictoral Imagination as the access of visual images and the application of them as symbolic references. In the description of the set as laid out in the stage directions, and the choice of words and prose, the playwright has the ability of not only decoding meaning but assigning it as well. I demonstrate the techniques behind this method first, by showing the operative function of the Pictoral Imagination in writing, and then by illustrating the importance of myth, fantasy and folklore. This is further supported by the historical content that supports these techniques, specifically, as it relates to Latin American writers and thinkers. This work ends by mapping and offering an extended example of Playwright as Enchanter as if functions in my original pieces: The Circuz (2009) and The Ruin (2011).
Graduation Date: May 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13009
Item Available: 2099-05-14

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