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Two Costumes for a Modern Papa Ubu (One Being Trump)

Two Costumes for a Modern Papa Ubu (One Being Trump)

Theater is a live art. When Alfred Jarry employed “merdre” as the first word of his play, Ubu Roi, he fully intended it to be a slap in the face. The premier showing of Ubu Roi caused a literal and metaphorical uproar in the face of naturalism. "What does absurd mean today?" asked the director of the Cutting Ball Theater’s 2014 production of Ubu Roi. In other words: how can Jarry’s Ubu continue to shock the thick-skinned audiences of today? Costume design. Modern  interpretations of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi hinge on costume design. Whereas most interpretations attempt to incorporate their idea of Jarry’s original intention, that of Jarry’s masked, restricted actor, my fascination lies with those interpretations which forgo this typical application of Jarry’s theory for more creative, intertextually meaningful ones. My costumes are informed by many contemporary adaptations of Papa Ubu, the disparity between these interpretations, and Jarry’s own theories of drama.  

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