Write an essay that responds to the issue of the social purpose of theater.
What do you think it is?
Do you think theater will remain a part of your life after you leave this class?
What do you hope to get from theater in the future?
What do you think theater owes to the community that supports it, if anything?
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The Social Purpose of Theater
One of things that most surprised me about the theater we studied was the way that it talked about society and social issues. The writers always seemed to have bigger points to make, outside of the regular lives of the characters. King Lear, for example, was really political, and it said a lot about how people in Shakespeare’s time thought about things like royalty and social classes. Even South Pacific, which I thought was going to be a fun, light-hearted musical, ended up bringing up some very serious, deep issues like racism and war....
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