MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Robert D. Funk
Herbert M. Parker, Joseph D. Sobol
No Sleep '˜Til Minsky's is a one-man show paying tribute to early 20th century variety entertainment. The writing process began with research into the forms of vaudeville and burlesque, including films of period acts, study of autobiographies and biographies of burlesque performers, and study of historical scripts performed in the time period and stored at the Library of Congress.
The format of the show consists of a one-hour core script in which Lou Drake speaks of his life and career in burlesque. In addition to the core script, the structure is designed to allow more actors to participate in staging sketches described by Drake, as well as allowing external acts to splice their material into a performance.
Thesis - Open Access
Williams, Carl Glenwood, "No Sleep 'til Minsky's: A One-Man Tribute to Burlesque and Vaudeville." (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2099. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2099
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