This edition: A Frame for Meaning: Theme in Drama
This episode examines how all the elements in a play contribute to forming its theme. Playwrights, directors, stage designers, and actors discuss how their collaborative efforts culminate in forming a play's theme. Scenes from Shakespeare's Hamlet illustrate how theme functions. Also featured is a conversation with David Henry Hwang, in which the playwright discusses how his Asian background helped form the themes of his plays, which he describes as works that explore "the mystery of identity."
David Henry Hwang Playwright