My name is david everard and I have been teaching a Fine Arts course out here at the University of Victoria (UVic) for the last few years - F.A. 335: Popular Culture/Professional Wrestling as Theatre. It is based on my M.A. thesis "Wrestling Dell'Arte: Professional Wrestling as Theatre" (UVic: 2002).
I believe that the dramatic end of pro-wrestling is based on a number of historical theatrical antecedents: ancient Greek comedy, medieval farce, the commedia dell arte, the well-made-play and melodrama, among others. While this may seem obvious to most of you, to the best of my knowledge, it had not been proven from the discipline of the theatrical arts before.
Sam has asked if I could give a lecture to his class in May based on my work in the area. So, with any luck, and the blessings of the passport gods, I shall see you on the afternoon of May 2 (and hopefully, a game at Fenway Park that evening)! In the meantime, I shall continue to contribute to the blog as both a reader and a writer!
~ see you at the turnbuckle ~
"There is no more a problem of truth in wrestling than in the theatre"
~ Roland Barthes ~