A visual design for Moliere's The doctor in spite of himself

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James E. Parker (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
David Batcheller

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to provide designs for settings, costumes and lighting for a production of The Doctor in Spite of Himself. by Moliere, to be performed at the Parkway Playhouse, Burnsville, North Carolina, July 12 through July 15, 1972. Research for these designs included performance conditions, architecture and fashions of Moliere’s time, the latter half of the 17th Century. A further study was made of the traveling troupes of the Italian Commedia Dell'Arte, since it was director F. Lee Alpaugh's intention to stage the Moliére play as though performed by one of these impecunious traveling companies. It was from the scenarios of this improvisational theatre that Moliere borrowed many of his plots and characterizations. The designs were executed in Burnsville for the production and the results were subsequently analyzed by the Problems in Design class, and this writer was questioned by the examining committee on the day following the final performance of the play. Chapter Two of this thesis includes the drawings and other paperwork necessary to mount the production. Chapter Three evaluates the designs as executed, which were found to be generally successful. Several possible superior alternatives to the choices actually made are also proposed in this final chapter.

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Language: English
Date: 1973
Molie`re, $d 1622-1673. $t Me´decin malgre´ lui
Theaters $x Stage-setting and scenery
Stage lighting

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