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AbstractTony Terry founded The Gaslight Theatre in Tucson, Arizona, in 1977. The thesis examines The Gaslight Theatre in order to validate the company's artistic relevancy as a contemporary producer of melodramas and to further understand the reason behind the theatre's current success. The structure of the work begins with a history of melodrama, a look at the producer, Tony Terry, and his background and influence on The Gaslight Theatre, followed by a history of The Gaslight's three phases: The Victorian melodramas, the musical comedy melodramas, and the comedy spoof melodramas. A history of The Gaslight olio reveals the nature of the art form. The thesis further provides a study of those involved in the theatre's success, as well as the company's inevitable link to the current theatre practices. Most importantly, the thesis examines The Gaslight Theatre's significance to the local and American theatre community.
Degree ProgramGraduate College