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dramaturgy

an approach to social analysis, especially associated with Erving GOFFMAN, in which the theatre is the basis of an analogy with everyday life. In this analogy, social action is viewed as a ‘performance’ in which actors both play parts and stage-manage their actions, seeking to control the impressions they convey to others (impression management). The aim of actors is to present themselves in a generally favourable light and in ways appropriate to particular roles and social ‘settings – the latter is Goffman's term for the physical trappings which signal particular roles or status. In a related way, SOCIAL ACTORS also cooperate as members of teams’, seeking to preserve a ‘front’ while hiding from view the ‘backstage’ of social relations. Since actors will play different roles in different situations, they also on occasion find it necessary to practise audience segregation, withholding in a current situation any sign of those other roles they play which, if visible, would threaten the impression being given at the moment (e.g. the problems that would arise for a homosexual judge from any disclosure of his homosexuality). The model of interaction involved in dramaturgy turns on the inevitability of acting partly on inference. For Goffman, the social order is a precarious accomplishment, always liable to be disrupted by embarrassment and breaches of front.

Dramaturgy

 

The dramatic works of a writer, people, or period.

(2) The plot and characters of a play or film. Literary drama, transformed in the modern theater into a director’s script, forms the basis of theatrical dramaturgy. In cinematography, dramaturgy takes the form of screen-plays.

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Elam's focus on Wilson's (w)righting of history is his vehicle to examine Wilson's dramaturgy so that African American readers can "re-imagine" the past "that the playwright believes is retained within African American cultural practices and beliefs" (2).
For while ``Empire'' opens with laudable aims and strong dramaturgy, it ends in turgid melodrama.
Written self-consciously in the tradition of foundational works of historical performance criticism like Bernard Beckerman's Shakespeare at the Globe, 1599-1609 (1962), Pursuing Shakespeare's Dramaturgy builds on their conclusions about Shakespeare's dramaturgy in light of the forty years of scholarship on Shakespeare's texts and the history of the early modern theatre that have enriched our understanding of Shakespearean dramaturgy since the 1960s.
But in Wall's work, as in other recent photography (I will mention only Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Beat Streuli, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia), something subtly different happens: An antitheatrical impulse, keyed in Wall's case to a documentary look and an absorptive dramaturgy, coexists with a foregrounding of the apparatus and a radical acknowledgment of the roles of both photographer and beholder.
James is now Lauren who is a marriage counsellor cum karaoke singer cum doctor of metaphysics and dramaturgy - don't worry, I had to look it up too.
It is a tableau in the centre of the drama with new characters, which is amazing after the earlier scenes with an interesting solution in dramaturgy.
Because Baillie's early dramaturgy shows a number of characters moving in and out of `closets' in the effort to create alternative `selves' that may either become integrated into or rejected by the plays' fictional worlds, her work is historically important for women looking for a tradition of (women) theater artists who have theorized the performance of gender on both social and theatrical stages.
This has been translated in various ways -- some more successful than others -- by dramaturgy, choreographic imagination and/or high technology, into visions of the future.
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