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The Extras: A Thriller- Manufacturing Terror on the Stage

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Title: The Extras: A Thriller- Manufacturing Terror on the Stage
Author: Imanirad, Azad
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Theatre Studies
Advisor: Thompson, Judith
Abstract: An American film company is shooting a thriller about the ‘war on terror’ with their set located in Toronto. When the American actors fail to show, the Canadian background performers from are asked to step up and perform their roles. Chaos, trickery, and confusion ensue when two of the background performers, one an extremist and the other a desperate actor, have two separate agendas that could potentially wreak havoc on set. The Extras is a play which explores the world and consequences of typecasting Muslims in mainstream news and pop-culture. The thesis investigates how the play produces meaning with regards to manufacturing a fearful sight of Muslims, within a socio-political, cultural, and performative context. In addition, the supplementary essay will also provide insight into the writing process and explore the role of theatre as a site of negotiation and dialogue for those who are considered outcasts in society.
Date: 2017-05
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