Woman as citizen in satiric melodrama : Joan Holden and the San Francisco Mime TroupePart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.2, No.1, 1994, pages 213-226
During the 1980's, the San Francisco Mime Troupe's original plays, utilizing the popular elements of satire and Western melodrama, critiqued the conservative rhetoric of the Reagan Administration's policies by articulating common real-life concerns over such issues as unemployment, homelessness, and government corruption. Principal playwright Joan Holden's framing of social actions within the melodrama form allow her plays to be enjoyed by diverse audiences because they contain elements of comedy, romance, and action/adventure. As depicted in most of these plays, female subjugation is an aspect of social injustice. The actions of the female characters in four of Holden's scripts in the 1980's portray women as ordinary citizens in a capitalist, patriarchal society, whose work to instigate social change by organized, cooperative action crosses economic, racial, and class lines and in whose interest the general, human interest is served.
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