Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. Steve Feffer
Dr. Joan Herrington
Dr. Arnie Johnston
Dr. Katherine Joslin
The Sins of Kalamazoo , is a creative work, a frill-length play adapted from the poem of the same name and other works by Carl Sandburg. This playfollows a nonlinear storyline based on images suggested by Sandburg's poem as well as portions of the city of Kalamazoo's history.
"The Sins of Kalamazoo", poses the question: "I hear America, I hear, what do I hear? America's national narrative is made up of both the shining promise of the future and of the recognition of the decay as its cultural identity becomes fragmented through time. The theatre provides an exceptional cultural space for re-examining America's perceived identity through interpretation of its past which may help to answer the question "what do I hear?" This play combines theunique shared temporal space of theatre to examine moments in American history. The play is concerned with illustrating how the re-presentation on thestage of events and images from America's past, firmly embedded in the national narrative, can aid in informing and reforming the cultural identity forged through the collective memory of the audience.
Iaderosa, Christine, "The Sins of Kalamazoo, a Full-Length Play Based on the Works of Carl Sandburg" (2008). Dissertations. 777.