Date of Award

5-1970

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Mr. Dennis Holt

Abstract

Mr. Johnny Aiken of Denver University has called it "A form of oral interpretation in which all types of literature may be projected by means of characterized readings enhanced by theatrical effects." Among the myriad of definitions of theatre's estranged art known as Reader's Theatre, this one seems to sum up my philosophy of what it actually is. In this paper, I propose to take three steps in establishing what I believe is the true rhetoric of Reader's Theatre. Firstly, I want to enhance an agreeable definition which I have partially done thus far. Secondly, I want to discuss the long disputed question of what the interpreter's rightful role in Reader's Theatre should be. And finally, clarify the most recent philosophy of the position of locus in Reader's Theatre.

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