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Calm Down Mother Essay

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In the following essay excerpt, Schlueter discusses how Terry's transformational drama acknowledges the extent to which the self is shaped by modern culture.

In order "to make it," we need to make images of
ourselves. We compose ourselves from the cultural
models around us. We are programmed into a status
hunger. Once we have masked ourselves with the
social image suitable to a type, we enter the masquerade
of the setup. Even the masquerade of our ethnic
and sex roles permeates our life so thoroughly that
many of us are afraid to give them up. In giving them
up we fear we would be giving up our identity, and
even life itself. 

(Chaikin 13)











Joseph Chaikin's comment represents part of his response to what he and others involved in the Open Theatre of the 1960s called the "setup." In advertising for an "ingenue," a "leading lady," a "character...

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