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(Re)claiming the canon : a new lens for the staging of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's The Changeling Silvestre Fernandes, Luciana

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This thesis examines the production of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling I directed as part of UBC's 2019-2020 season as a case study for re-framing classical and canonized narratives from an inter-sectional feminist lens. This was an expressionistic production, focused on embodying trauma and presenting the story from Beatrice-Joanna’s perspective. My project addresses the scarcity of production-based analysis in the academic dialogue, providing a practitioner's perspective. I discuss the importance of (re)claiming early modern scripts, the problematic misogynistic tropes of which are evidenced by the treatment of Beatrice-Joanna’s sexual assault in current scholarship and productions. In this thesis, I deconstruct the process of creation—from concept development, through text analysis, design development, and rehearsal practices; and finally, I reflect on the final product and its audiences.

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