Title

Analysis and Production of "Fiddler on the Roof" by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; Book by Joseph Stein

Publication Year

1971

Keywords

theatre, Fiddler on the Roof, performance, directing, theater production, drama

Disciplines

Acting | American Popular Culture | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Music | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History

Abstract

The theatre has been for the past four years of my life, the medium for the expression of my creative energies. As such it has become so much a part of my living and breathing moments that I feel I am become an appendage of it; that some life force inside of me is compelling me to create, as a character actress or director, a work of art that may touch people deeply, that may remove them while from the tortures of the real world, that may bring into their lives the knowledge of that thin, clear, quenchless lucidity that has allowed mankind to see himself and better himself for the perpetuation of hope in the world. The theatre is an art form that has survived and matured through centuries with the growth of man, and must needs minister tot he needs of mankind as a creative, energetic expression of the most visceral, emotional needs of the race at that time. I believe with Adolphe Appia, that "there is no art form in which social solidarity can be better expressed than in the drama." In this we may see the theatre, in a way of speaking, the midwife of society--it brings into the world a new means of seeing the old problems of man and gives birth to new concepts that may help the old world perceive its tragedy and its hope.

This paper is in accompaniment to the performance of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's "Fiddler on the Roof," recently performed at the University of Redlands' Glenn Wallichs Festival Theatre, and directed by the candidate. Because my honors project is the finished product, the work of art, the piece du theatre, the focus of this paper will be to analyze the techniques, the attitudes, the preparation and the research involved in creation of my art.

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