Strangers Onstage: Asia, America, Theatre, and Performance

by Esther Kim Lee The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 28, Number 1 (Winter 2016) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center When I was writing my dissertation in the late 1990s, I would tell anyone who would ask that my topic was Asian American theatre. […]

Transgressive Engagements: The Here and Now of Queer Theatre Scholarship

by Jordan Schildcrout The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 28, Number 1 (Winter 2016) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center I consider it a sign of the vibrancy of queer theatre scholarship that publications over the past few years contain a greater variety of subjects, […]

Musical Theatre Studies

by Stacy Wolf The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 28, Number 1 (Winter 2016) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Musical Theatre Studies, whose presence as a viable academic field is not much more than a decade old, is spreading out in all directions of […]

Thinking about Temporality and Theatre

by Maurya Wickstrom The Journal of American Drama and Theatre Volume 28, Number 1 (Winter 2016) ISNN 2376-4236 ©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Over the past couple of years, I have been increasingly taken with the question of temporality. Giorgio Agamben writes in Infancy and History that: Every conception […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Reviews

Starting in Winter 2016, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre will be publishing book reviews of publications relevant to the journal’s mission. If you know of a publication appropriate for review, please send the information to current book review editor Susan Kattwinkel at A list of books received […]

Arthur Miller: Reception and Influence in China

Arthur Miller is one of the most influential contemporary American playwrights after Eugene O’Neill. In the 1940s and 1950s, he rose to fame with All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and other social problem plays. Since 1949, Death of a Salesman has been performed continually on Broadway and […]

West of Broadway: the Rockefeller Foundation and American Theatre in the 1930s

Given its historic role as one of the leading institutions in American philanthropy, perhaps it is not surprising that the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) was among the first American foundations to experiment with arts funding.[1] Better known are the efforts of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which provided support for […]

Introduction (JADT 27.2, 2015)

In its almost 30-year history, the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) has championed the study of theatre and drama in the United States, in all its wide-ranging traditions, numerous histories, and myriad forms. The organization has, along the way, sought to interrogate the constantly shifting notion of what constitutes […]

Capable Hands: The Myth of American Independence in D.W. Gregory’s The Good Daughter

From 1892 until 1954, Ellis Island was the gateway for immigrants seeking American citizenship. Over twelve million individuals passed through the federal immigration station, underwent rushed and haphazard examinations, and eventually entered the country. Many had their names changed and ethnicities homogenized. But many thousands more were rejected for various […]

Visibly White: Realism and Race in Appropriate and Straight White Men

Dead white males. This oft-cited phrase encapsulates the ongoing project of dismantling the privileged monopoly that white men have historically held over the formation of an artistic canon and cultural tradition. In the field of American drama, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller (despite significant differences among their work) […]