Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Open Access)
Colby College. Theater and Dance Dept.
In spring 2014, the musical Witness Uganda premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Written by Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould, the show takes on the problematic idea of aid work in the United States and worldwide. In this thesis, I look at Witness Uganda in relationship to theater for social change. Theater for social change is theater that actively works for social justice. In studying Witness Uganda, I investigate the possibilities and challenges of creating a piece of commercial musical theater that could be considered theater for social change.
Musical Theater, Theater for Social Change, Matt Gould, Griffin Matthews, Community Based Theater
Recommended CitationJensen, Emilie, ""Trying to Resurrect People": Musical Theater and Theater for Social Change in Witness Uganda" (2015). Honors Theses. Paper 772.
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