Theatre of the Oppressed Summary
Augusto Boal

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Theatre of the Oppressed Summary

In "Theater of the Oppressed", Augusto Boal argues that theater is inherently political and that traditional, Aristotelian theater is inherently oppressive. He reviews the history of theater, from Aristotle through Machiavelli, Hegel, and Brecht, and proposes a new idea of theater that breaks the bounds between audience and performers, and between chorus and protagonist.

In the first chapter, Boal presents Aristotle's philosophy and defines Aristotelian tragedy as a coercive system to...

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