With regards to our Benedictine value of respect, Chapter Two of the textbook discusses the exclusion of biologically-perceived women from the theaters of the past and the conventions used to create female characters on stage. How were women represented on the stage? What conventions were used to create female characters? Are there any such conventions used today for the representation of women or men in the theatre, cinema, or on television? How will transgender figures such as Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox and Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) change the way we view comedy and/or drama in relation to gender?
Predicting trends in the theatre is the work of theatre artists the world over. While their first and foremost concern is with self-expression, all theatre practitioners want to work on the forefront of the field.
For this assignment, you will answer this question: Where is the theatre headed?
Consider the past and the present to paint a picture of where the theatre might find itself in the future.