The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

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Drama, play, acting, performance, criticism and theory


Acting | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies


The art of a musician orator is, perhaps, the least tangible form of art. A performer in either case has been given a script or composition to execute. However, every performance is new and different. The performer can never exactly duplicate any single performance. And he has no desire to do so. Tape recorders and cameras may capture and repeat an artist's work, but in live theatre the audience receives a unique experience that can never be repeated and is never lost. How, then, can a written paper capture the essence of the performance? It can't. And, as an actress, I cannot explain completely how I came to perform Beatrice in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon-Marigolds. What I attempt in this paper is not a recapitulation of my performance but rather a skeletal presentation of all aspects of my preparation for the role.

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Theatre Arts

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