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date: 14 November 2019

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This essay examines the history of the so-called protest plays that emerged in the United States during the 1960s. It explains that many of these plays were influenced by political protest organizations such as the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the civil rights movement, and it describes the varying techniques and often outrageous performance practices of protest theatre groups. This essay also argues that while theater has always had a protest function, the 1960s represents the bursting of the boundaries of orthodox theatre practice in the United States.

Keywords: protests plays, political protest organizations, performance practices, protest theater groups, protest function, Berkeley Free Speech Movement

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