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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers, 5th Edition by James Thomas

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CHAPTER 11

Postmodern Drama: A Case Study

I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives.

Jean-François Lyotard

The theatre’s peculiarities [make] it a particularly resonant space for staging the kind of postmodern, collective nervous breakdown American society has been having.

Tony Kushner

The individual’s most rudimentary freedom today is to be without isms.

Gao Xingjian

I don’t deal with “isms” but with reality.

Heiner Müller

Postmodernism has well-established connections with literature and the arts, philosophy and criticism, architecture, economics, and politics, as well as the media, mass culture, and many other fields. Although the meaning of the term is still evolving, a cursory Internet search will show that its evangelizing ...

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