This thesis examines the application of psychophysical techniques of Konstantin Stanislavski's System, coupled with use of Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture, to prepare for multiple roles of intersectional characters in the production of Paula Vogel's Indecent, directed by Dr. Julia Listengarten at the University of Central Florida, January 25th through February 7th, 2022. Vogel's Indecent revisits the events surrounding the production of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance on Broadway in 1923, which featured a lesbian relationship. The show's cast and producers were arrested for depicting scenes of obscenity, which reflected the intolerance of immigrant, Jewish, and queer communities in the 1920s and exemplified the pervasive political censorship on the American stage. The complexity of Indecent provides a rich case study with which to explore the multi-faceted dimensions of fully and authentically representing marginalized characters on stage. Using both Stanislavski's System and techniques from M. Chekhov's Psychological Gesture provided a framework for effectively representing these characters as well as navigating Vogel's complex dramatic structure, its non-linear narrative that disrupts a consecutive arc of character development, and its metatheatrical nature as a play about a play.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Performing Arts
Theatre; Acting Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Stark, Robert, "Creating Living Characters Through Stanislavski's System and Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1753.