Artworld is a two-act thesis play on poetics. The plot follows the young life of a spoken-word poet, who illegally takes up residence in a commercial warehouse with a group of fellow artists. The group hosts a weekly open-mic to help pay their electricity bills. The central themes of the piece explore the basic definitions of art (and how those definitions have evolved over time) as well as the artist’s need to express. Ultimately, the play asks its audience to consider the differences (or lack thereof) between personal expression and art as forms of outward communication.
drama, theatre, play, playwriting, Hood, John, literature, philosophy, Honors College
Bovee, R. (2014). <i>Artworld</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.