Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Theatre and Dance

First Advisor

Steve Pearson


Despite the fact that American culture seems to hold tightly to the notion that happiness is only deserved by those who work for it, experiences which require some work to fully appreciate struggle to survive due to an apparent unwillingness to undertake said work by the vast majority of American consumers. In Five Dollar Ticket, I examine the struggles of such experiences to find purchase in the American market and offer suggestions on how to make the “work” aspect of their appreciation more appealing and worthwhile. Specifically, I use the examples of attending foreign language operas and eating spicy foods to illustrate the inherent values of such a “pain for pleasure” relationship.