Exhibit A: An Application of Verbatim Theatre Dramaturgy

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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Melanie K.
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-07T13:38:30Z
dc.date.available2013-05-07T13:38:30Z
dc.date.created2013
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/24118
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-2991
dc.description.abstractThis research-creation thesis describes and analyzes the dramaturgical methodologies of verbatim theatre – a form of documentary theatre that uses transcripts as the dominant source of its dialogue – through the practical exercise of play writing. This paper marks the theoretical component of my thesis, which analyzes both the dramaturgical process and the historical context of my play Exhibit A. Using verbatim transcripts from legal evidence for its dialogue, the play examines the psychology of two teenage boys responsible for the brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old Canadian woman in 2010. As documentary theatre emphasizes socio-political themes, this thesis considers the dramaturgical, aesthetic, and ethical considerations of verbatim theatre through my experience as a playwright and researcher. Acknowledging both the historical antecedents of documentary theatre and its contemporary examples, this thesis will define an original typology of verbatim theatre entitled the “Subcategories of Verbatim Theatre”. These subcategories are identified as Tribunal, Literary, Historical Drama, Expository and Participatory. Each privileges different types and usages of documents, which are further defined as being primarily related to “text” or “aural” based testimony. The thesis relates the dramaturgical principles of each subcategory to artistic choices made in Exhibit A. A description of the various incarnations of verbatim and documentary theatre, as well as an analysis of my experience as a documentary playwright examines the dramatic representation of reality as highly constructed in this form of theatre where the selection and editing of a documentary play's archive is a creative process that is not dissimilar from the creation of fictional drama. In that sense, the documentary genre can be said to present a dramatic representation of the playwright's subjective version of the truth. Exhibit A thus stands as my creative reconstruction of the evidence presented in the Kimberly Proctor murder trial.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjecttheatre
dc.subjectverbatim
dc.subjectdramaturgy
dc.subjectverbatim theatre subcategories
dc.subjectdocumentary theatre
dc.subjectverbatim theatre
dc.subjectpsychopathy
dc.subjectplaywriting
dc.subjectPeter Weiss
dc.subjectBertolt Brecht
dc.subjectErwin Piscator
dc.subjectNaturalism
dc.titleExhibit A: An Application of Verbatim Theatre Dramaturgy
dc.typeThesis
dc.faculty.departmentThéâtre / Theatre
dc.contributor.supervisorMeerzon, Yana
dc.contributor.supervisorSchryburt, Sylvain
dc.embargo.termsimmediate
dc.degree.nameMA
dc.degree.levelmasters
dc.degree.disciplineArts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineArts
uottawa.departmentThéâtre / Theatre
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