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“Putting Fear and Prejudice on Trial”: New Narratives for Queer Documentary Theatre in Dustin Lance Black’s 8 Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
8
documentary theatre
Dustin Lance Black
queer
theatre
drama
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
St-Aubin, Emily H
Supervisor and department
Muneroni, Stefano (Drama)
Examining committee member and department
Chovanec, Donna (Education Policy Studies)
Barnet, David (Drama)
Department
Department of Drama
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-07-07T09:10:24Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis explores contemporary documentary theatre within the context of queer studies. While there are many plays that fall into the category of queer documentary theatre including The Laramie Project, Another American, and Execution of Justice, this research examines Dustin Lance Black’s new play, 8. After identifying regimes of representation present in queer documentary theatre, I highlight how 8 breaks new ground in the genre as it stages a moment in which queer people overcome adversity as opposed to staging queer people as victims of violence and hate (The Laramie Project, Execution of Justice). I examine the role of empathy in 8 through a close reading of Black’s construction of family. Finally, I use memory theory, specifically Pierre Nora, to investigate why queer people create documentary theatre and the role documentary plays have in preserving collective memories.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3Z892N3H
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