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Title: A Dinner Party
Author: Duthie, Christopher
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Gilbert, Sky
Abstract: This thesis is an investigation of how we understand Love and define ourselves in the fragmented social landscape of the 21st century. It is a dramatic exploration of the erosion of naturalism into absurdism and meta-theatre that crosses comedic genres including farce, comedy of manners, physical comedy and cringe comedy. It was written as an experiment in creating un-gendered characters to encourage flexible casting and diverse representations of romantic relationships onstage. The story follows a seemingly ordinary dinner party between two couples in their twenties and early thirties as it goes off the rails in a series of bizarre events. When host couple, Boo and Darling, are unable to define Love in the same ways as their old friend, Baby, and Baby’s new younger lover, Sweetie, the evening spirals into an absurd chaos of identity crises, heartbreak, culinary emergency, marriage proposals, sexual exploration and polite cannibalism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/11556
Date: 2017-08


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