Thesis Title

William Hooker Gillette American Theatrical Innovator

Date of Graduation

Spring 1986

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Linda Park-Fuller

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies

Abstract

This study provides new insights to the contributions of William Hooker Gillette as an actor, playwright, and theatrical innovator during the late-Victorian and post-Victorian eras in America. It was during this period that the world theatre was experiencing changes in the dramatic modes. The new demands for realism, as opposed to the romantic and melodramatic styles of playwrighting and acting, were bridged by Mr. Gillette as a result of his awareness of the changing tastes of theatre audiences. While his playwrighting containing elements of melodrama and romanticism, he offered a new dimension to these plays through acting and staging innovations that conformed and helped to create the "new realism."

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© Joseph E Bowman

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