Essay about Gay and Lesbian Theater

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“Gay and Lesbian Theater”
Gay and Lesbian themes were introduced into the theater before the 1960s. Long before homosexual characters were seen in American plays on a regular basis, there were isolated incidents when a gay or lesbian appeared in the plot; they were called freaks when doing so. Many people were often offended by homosexuality. Cross dressing was used in performances that raised concerns about sexual and gender roles: men dressed in drag and women wore men clothing. Festivals were used to educate and entertain audiences. The theater festival was introduced to spread awareness on issues, themes, and problems that deals with gay and lesbian lifestyles in the theater.
Edward Albee, William Inge, and Tennessee Williams all
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Viewers are less likely to accept same-sex lovers than the company who hires them. The text stated that gay, lesbian, and bisexual actors support the Queer Theory considers the “performative” nature of gender: the idea that gender “identity” is actually nothing more than a “role” actor learns to do what’s necessary. Actors may be more skilled at their role with this type of experiment and not be judged by society, if that statement is true. Living double lives in the theater wasn’t very hard to do. Publicist often manipulated the media making easier for actors to do so. Actors such as Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, and Randolph Scott lived these constricted lives. The text stated that 29 percent of Americans would be “less interested” in seeing their favorite actor perform in a movie or TV show if they learned that he or she was “gay” in 1995. Many actors who were gay often didn’t want their named linked to anything they choose to provide to the media. Gay and lesbian actors are more seen in films and on stage a lot more today. Sexuality is still a question rather it should be should treated as heterosexuals would still remains. You can enjoy an ordinary film the same you would a film with homosexuals. As I stated early I’ve viewed a play with men dressed in drag as well as men dating women in a play. Their acting skills are just the same. Who or how
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