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Along with Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, Fernando Arrabal is a major exponent of the Theater of the Absurd. In this study Arrabal’s plays are seen as a contemporary expression of a festive form of theater that flourished during the Middle Ages and that had its roots in the drama of Aeschylus and Aristophanes.
With this view of Arrabal’s work, Luis Arata explores the nature of play in art in the light of Jean Piaget's psychology. He thus offers a new way to approach festive and playful art.
Luis Oscar Arata is managing director of the Paradox Studio Theatre in Milwaukee.
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Fernando Arrabal, Theater of the Absurd
French and Francophone Language and Literature
Arata, Luis Oscar, "The Festive Play of Fernando Arrabal" (1982). French and Francophone Literature. Book 2.