Vol 28 no.1

Slavery, Murder, and an American Tragedy

Susan Kattwinkel, Editor   American Tragedian: The Life of Edwin Booth By Daniel J. Watermeier Reviewed by Karl Kippola   The Captive Stage: Performance and the Proslavery Imagination of the Antebellum North By Douglas A. Jones, Jr. Reviewed by Beck Holden   Murder Most Queer: The Homicidal Homosexual in the American Theater By Jordan Schildcrout […]

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Star Struck!: The Phenomenological Affect of Celebrity on Broadway

During the spring of 2013, Nora Ephron’s play Lucky Guy played to sold out houses recouping its producers’ initial investment of $3.6 million after a mere eight weeks, a remarkable feat for a Broadway drama. Whereas most successes on the Great White Way are splashy musicals with high production values (think Wicked and The Lion […]

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“Re-righting” Finland’s Winter War: Robert E. Sherwood’s There Shall Be No Night[s]

Robert E. Sherwood’s biblical source for the title of his play There Shall Be No Night is useful for establishing context for the contemporary controversy the play was part of, as well as the lack of subsequent commentary it has received. Sherwood dearly wanted to create something profoundly relevant. The inherent paradox in such an […]

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The State of the Field

The Journal of American Drama and Theatre asked seven leading scholars to comment on how they saw the state of our field today. This is what they wrote. New Directions in Dramatic and Theatrical Theory: The Emerging Discipline of Performance Philosophy Michael Y. Bennett Changes, Constants, Constraints: African American Theatre History Scholarship Kevin Byrne Reflections: […]

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Editorial Comment

In JADT’s inaugural issue co-editors Vera Mowry Roberts and Walter J. Meserve declared their intentions for launching the fledgling journal, stating: “our aim is to promote research on American playwrights, American plays, and American theatre, and to encourage the thoughtful contemplation that will lead to a more enlightened understanding of our literary and theatrical heritage […]

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