Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Brian Warren

Second Advisor

Dr. Marian Monta

Third Advisor

Tom Grabowski


This thesis attempts to find relationships among three different ethnic groups (Jewish, Chinese, and Italian) presented in the following plays. First, there is an explanation of four different types of generation gaps that are discovered throughout the first play of examination, Fiddler on the Roof. There is a technology gap, a cultural gap, a religion gap, and an assimilation gap. Each of these gaps is present within Fiddler on the Roof and is varied throughout the remaining plays examined (Flower Drum Song and Over the River and Through the Woods). Each “gap” will be given an explanation and how it is considered a sub-group to the “generation gap.” The first two plays are musicals and the last one is a straight play. Thus, each play is not separated into two musicals and a straight play, but rather a musical drama, a musical comedy, and a straight play.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American