The Expressionist Movement in theater started in European countries, mainly in Germany in the beginning of the twentieth-century, and migrated into US around 1920. Expressionism seeks to reveal the internal feelings of figures and expose the hidden truths of life, often through distorting or exaggerating the scenery, costumes and lighting effects, along with the dialog, the course and stylized acting.
Eugene O’Neill, in comparison to their Realism performs, in addition penned a number of Expressionist plays and was a significant proponent of this Expressionist Movement. O’Neill’s expressionist performs consist of; The Emperor Jones (1920), The Hairy Ape (1922), plus the Great God Brown (1926), among others.
Tony Kushner’s Angels in the us, is another exemplory instance of an Expressionist play.
Thinking about the Longstanding issues of Virtue and Happiness: Essays, an Enjoy, Two Poems and a Prayer. Nyc: Theatre Correspondence Group, 1995.
This assortment of Kushner’s essays and poems on topics associated with threshold, politics, war as well as other issues includes their play Slavs! Taking into consideration the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and joy. The play is both fantastical and expressionistic design upon historical and political motifs and coping with the Perestroka motion, which added to the downfall of communism in Soviet Union.
Angels in the us: a Gay Fantasia on nationwide Themes. London: Royal National Theatre: Nick Hern Books, 1992.
This expressionistic play about the AIDs epidemic during Reagan presidential management ended up being manufactured in two components. Kushner received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 because of this work.