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Finding Home in the World Stage: Critical creative citizenship and the 13th South Asian Theatre Festival 2018

by Arnab Banerji The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 2 (Spring 2020) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2020 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The South Asian Theatre Festival (SATF) is held annually in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The thirteenth edition of the festival was held on August 4th and 5th, 2018 at the […]

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Race, Identity and Performance

Maya Roth, Editor Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics By Soyica Diggs Colbert Reviewed by Eleanor Russell Law & Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s America By Jacqueline O’Connor Reviewed by Susan C. W. Abbotson Stolen Time: Black Fad Performance and the Calypso Craze By Shane Vogel Reviewed by Isaiah Matthew Wooden Staging Family: Domestic Deceptions of Mid-Nineteenth Century American […]

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Exploring the History and Implications of Toxicity through St. Louis: Performance Artist Allana Ross and the “Toxic Mound Tours”

by Rachel E. Bauer and Kristen M Kalz The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 2 (Spring 2020) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2020 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center On a chilly day in early April 2018, a group of sixteen people and one lovable dog met at a coffee house in St Louis, […]

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Rehearsing Bereavement with Laughter: Grief, Humor, and Estrangement Affect in Sarah Ruhl’s Plays of Mourning

by Seokhun Choi The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 1 (Fall 2019) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Introduction: Mourning, Estrangement, and Affect According to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, world-renowned experts on loss and healing, we now live in “a new death-denying, grief-dismissing world” as illness and […]

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“La conjura de Xinum” and Language Revitalization: Understanding Maya Agency through Theatre

by Sarah Alice Campbell The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 2 (Spring 2020) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2020 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Jan Cohen-Cruz argues in Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States that the criticism of conventional theatre is ineffective at assessing the scope, intent, and success of community-based […]

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Mabou Mines Tries Again: Past, Present, and the Purgatory of Performance Space

by Jessica Brater The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 1 (Fall 2019) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center The American avant-garde company Mabou Mines inaugurated its refurbished theater in the East Village’s 122 Community Center by conjuring performers who are trapped on stage. Glass Guignol: The Brother and […]

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The Architecture of Local Performance: Stages of the Taliesin Fellowship

by Claudia Case The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 2 (Spring 2020) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2020 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center During the Great Depression, architect Frank Lloyd Wright founded the Taliesin Fellowship, an apprenticeship program for students of architecture and related trades that valued physical labor as an educational tool. […]

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Excavating American Theatrical History: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Neighbors, Appropriate, and An Octoroon

by Verna A. Foster The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 32, Number 1 (Fall 2019) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2019 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center In creating his plays Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has repeatedly chosen to rewrite, adapt, or otherwise appropriate earlier theatrical styles or dramatic texts. Three of his plays, in particular, Neighbors, Appropriate, […]

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Introduction: Local Acts: Performing Communities, Performing Americas

This American Theatre and Drama Society special issue of JADT features four essays that explore what “local” performance means across very different community contexts. Throughout the Americas, communities generate and are informed by performance in ways that reveal, challenge, and strengthen shared understanding about the identity of the local. Performance plays a role in articulating […]

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