Sad stories: A look at regicide and assasination in theatre
Scott, Russell A.
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This thesis centers on the depiction of violence onstage, specifically the violent acts of regicide and assassination. The first chapter briefly reviews the depiction of violence in theatre from the Ancient Greeks through the Middle Ages. The second chapter focuses on Shakespeare's two tragedies, Hamlet and Macbeth, and briefly discusses the sources for the theme of regicide within the plays and how that regicide is depicted. The third chapter examines the theme of assassination and its depiction within two modern plays, Keith Reddin’s Frame 312 and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical Assassins.