Date of Award


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Master of Arts (MA)




Every play must have a place to happen, an acting area. One play may require nothing more than a bare stage. Another play may require that the setting be very specific and accurate in its details to create an atmosphere, and a picture of the Moscow Art Theatre’s setting for Gorki’s The Lower Depths indicates.1 That the picture of The Lower Depths exemplifies what Dr. Wayne S. Knutson of the University of South Dakota calls CLUTTER – “You can’t tell the dirt from the people.”2 That particular setting for The Lower Depths makes a very definite statement about the income, education, habits, ambitions, social class, nationality and life styles of the characters in the play as well as a statement about the mood of The Lower Depths.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Speech and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1972 Ralph W. Murphey.

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