Senior Honors Theses

Author(s)

Amanda WardFollow

Publication Date

Spring 12-5-2017

Major

Theatre: Acting

Keywords

dramaturgy, dramaturg, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops To Conquer, play, history, Reconstruction, Virginia, 1870, Georgian, England, United Kingdom, 1773, religion, politics, culture, creative setting, theatre, theater, production company

Disciplines

Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | European History | Fine Arts | Other Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History | United States History

Abstract

A reputable theatrical company will hire a dramaturg to implement historical research and to provide reputable information where the director or staff desires it. They ensure that the play’s elements are as truthful to the time period as possible and aid in a performance’s overall success. If a theatrical company were to set Oliver Goldsmith’s play She Stoops to Conquer in 1870 Virginia, it could strengthen the play’s underlying religious, political, and cultural elements.

The paper is comprised of seven sections: a biography of the playwright, a religious exploration, a political analysis, a cultural comparison, a delineation of suggested script edits, a conclusion, and two illustrated appendices.