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Apocalyptic drama


  • Plays set in a world or civilization after a catastrophic event (e.g., nuclear war, an alien invasion), sometimes also including the period immediately preceding the event. For plays set in an uncertain future, in a society ruled by an ineffectual, corrupt, or oppressive regime or by aliens, robots, etc., see [Dystopian plays.]

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    • Apocalyptic drama
  • Variants

    • Doomsday drama
    • End-of-the-world drama
    • Post-apocalyptic drama
    • Post-apocalyptic science fiction drama
    • Postapocalyptic drama
    • Postapocalyptic science fiction drama
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    • found: Plays and playwrights, 2010, c2010:table of contents (Any day now : an apocalyptic family drama in three acts / Nat Cassidy)
    • found: Carpenter, C.A. Dramatists and the bomb : American and British playwrights confront the nuclear age, 1945-1964, 1999:table of contents (Ridenour's apocalyptic playlet and its adaptation; Laski's neglected post-holocaust drama, The offshore island; Hansberry's post-holocaust fable, What use are flowers?; Bradbury's post-holocaust parable, To the Chicago abyss)
    • found: Raben, E.M. Major strategies in twentieth-century drama : apocalyptic vision, allegory, and open form, 1989.
    • found: LCGFT, Oct. 24, 2014(Apocalyptic films. This heading is used as a genre/form heading for films set in a world or civilization after a catastrophic event (e.g., nuclear war, an alien invasion), sometimes also including the period immediately preceding the event. Films set in an uncertain future, in a society ruled by an ineffectual, corrupt, or oppressive regime or by aliens, robots, etc., are entered under Dystopian films. UF Doomsday films; End-of-the-world films; Post-apocalyptic films; Post-apocalyptic science fiction films; Postapocalyptic films; Postapocalyptic science fiction films)
    • found: Google, March 6, 2015:("apocalyptic drama" not "film" or "movie": 2,480 hits; "apocalyptic plays" not "film" or "movie": 1,210 hits)
  • General Notes

    • Plays set in a world or civilization after a catastrophic event (e.g., nuclear war, an alien invasion), sometimes also including the period immediately preceding the event. For plays set in an uncertain future, in a society ruled by an ineffectual, corrupt, or oppressive regime or by aliens, robots, etc., see [Dystopian plays.]
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    • Note under [Dystopian plays]
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-02: revised
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