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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the history of the so-called experimental theatre in the United States. It argues that experimentation in the theatre concerns not merely words but also images and performance and that experimental means experiential, a theatre that resists conforming to preset templates. It describes the circumstances that shaped these theatres, the challenges they faced, and some of the works that caused political problems for them. This essay considers how experimental theatre has become more like the norm for an expressive theater than Broadway.

Keywords: experimental theater, performance, preset templates, political problems, expressive theater, Broadway

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