Analysis Of Kenneth Lin 's Warrior Class Essay

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In times of great cultural stress, theatre can form a platform to lead a conversation and to invite a community to discuss the central issues at hand. Kenneth Lin’s Warrior Class seeks to do just that. However, before any social dialogue can be incited, a playwright must, not only understand the issues they wish to talk about deeply, but also have the technical skill necessary to achieve the desired effect on an audience. In Aristotle’s Poetics, Aristotle defines the elements of dramatic form that can create a play that truly acts as intended. For example, plot is a series of incidents, or scenes, while characters are driven by dramatic actions; needs, wants, and desires. A new analysis of Aristotle’s definition of plot defines it as the playwright’s politics. Lin uses all of these devices within his play to, not only provoke an audience into thinking clearly about themselves and understand their own motivations and relationships, but to also get an audience to think of their larger responsibility to the community as a whole. Articulating the thought of a play is not solely the playwright’s job, though. The production itself must do what it can to communicate these ideas to an audience as seen through the Lyric Stage production of Warrior Class in Boston. Kenneth Lin uses his characters, Julius and Holly, in Warrior Class in order to stimulate the audience into contemplating our responsibility to our community. The play is best described as a political drama very similar in

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