Jamming Econo: Punk Aesthetics in Theatre
Luke Krueger, Arizona State University
Theatre’s popularity among members of Generations X and Y is rapidly
declining. Film is quickly burying the once proud literary form of
Ibsen, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Chekov. Jamming Econo: Punk Aesthetics
in Theatre, looks at a cultural movement that M.T.V. was quick to latch
onto, hardcore punk; not so much for the music but for the aesthetic of
streamlined, efficient use of time in order to entertain. While many arts
have had their “punk” movement, theatre never fully embraced the movement.
Instead, it pandered to wealthy patrons, and now finds itself in peril as
an irrelevant art form to Generations X and Y. It is my goal to show that
the aesthetics can be applied practically and in the classroom, but more
theatre scholars and practitioners must acquaint themselves with the
aesthetics of jamming econo.
Academic Exchange Quarterly Spring 2004 Volume 8, Issue 1