Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage

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Theatre practitioners have been engaged with putting real life in various forms on stage since at least the beginning of the twentieth century. In the twenty-first century, theatre of the real embraces the contradictions of staging the real within the frame of the fictional while questioning the relationship between facts and truth. With the globalization of theatre through touring and travel, an international community of scholars and artists have created an astounding range of unique works that when brought ...

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Overview

Theatre practitioners have been engaged with putting real life in various forms on stage since at least the beginning of the twentieth century. In the twenty-first century, theatre of the real embraces the contradictions of staging the real within the frame of the fictional while questioning the relationship between facts and truth. With the globalization of theatre through touring and travel, an international community of scholars and artists have created an astounding range of unique works that when brought together compose a fascinating look at the means through which we understand ourselves today.

The theoretical, historical and performance texts included here give the reader entry to ideas about aesthetics, truth and reality in Poland, Argentina, South Africa, Lebanon, the USA, Holland and Germany. Location remains defining although not in the sense of a nationalist politics or fixed cultural representation. Works from distinct destinations travel to different destinations to present versions of global cosmopolitanism. The production of place - the places presented in these texts - happens through an act of narration. This collection of essays reflects local discourses about the real and the ways these discourses continue in the context of the global, and features eight playtexts, some of which are published here for the very first time.

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'. . . a timely, intriguing book.' - Whatsonstage.com

'Real. Realistic. Realism. Attempts to clearly delineate each have plagued study of live theater and performance at least since the late 19th century. With this volume, Martin adds a unique voice to this long-standing disciplinary dialogue. . . Recommended Graduate students through faculty and professionals.' - S.R. Irelan, Choice 2010 title

'Martin has gathered a rich set of examples that vary along geographical, cultural and political lines. Her choices allow for a conversation among world artists who deal with the "dramaturgy of the real" in very different ways as well as an acknowledgement of how artists can and do look beyond past and future to each other for inspiration. Thought of as a paradigm, "dramaturgy of the real" can become helpful as an inclusive yet critical way of looking at the line between art and life, fiction and reality, fact and lies and truth, Sara Brady, TDR

'The range of dramaturgical methods these texts employ will inspire practitioners looking to devise such theatre pieces in their own contexts...Meanwhile, students and scholars will find in this same methodological range a wealth of resources for consideration. Ultimately, Martin's collection will be useful not just for students of documentary theatre, but also for those working in any context in which global performance receives a full and justified treatment.' Ryan Claycomb, Theatre Jourbanal

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Meet the Author

CAROL MARTIN is Associate Professor of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Series Editors' Preface x

Acknowledgements xi

Notes on Contributors xiii

Introduction: Dramaturgy of the Real Carol Martin 1

Part 1 Essays 15

1 Bodies of Evidence Carol Martin 17

2 Toward a Poetics of Theatre and Public Events: In the Case of Stephen Lawrence Janelle Reinelt 27

3 Staging Terror Wendy S. Hesford 45

4 Post-1990s Verbatim Theatre in South Africa: Exploring an African Concept of "Truth" Yvette Hutchison 61

5 Reality From the Bottom Up: Documentary Theatre in Poland Agnieszka Sowińska Benjamin Paloff 72

6 The Scripted Realities of Rimini Protokoll Florian Malzacher 80

Part 2 Texts 89

1 REwind: A Cantata 91

Introduction to REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony Jessica Dubow

REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony Philip Miller

2 Is. Man 109

Honor Killing and the Sensation of Grace Hans Dowit

Is. Man Adelheid Roosen

3 Three Posters 150

Introduction Rabih Mroué

Three Posters: A Performance/Video Elias Khoury Rabih Mroué Mona Abou Rayyan

4 The Files 164

The Magic Years of Youth in Dreary Times, Or Theatre of the Eighth Day's View of Itself, Again During Dreary Times Joanna Ostrowska Elżbieta Janicka

The Files Teatr Ósmego Dnia Bill Johnston

5 Don't Be Surprised When They Come to Burn Your House Down 195

Pawe&lslash; Demirski: We're Not Hyenas &ndash An Interview Pawe&lslash; Sztarbowski Alissa Valles

Don't be Surprised When They Come to Burn Your House Down Pawe&lslash; Demirski Paulina Murawska Alissa Valles

6 Excerpts From the Plays of Vivi Tellas 246

Kidnapping Reality: An Interview with Vivi Tellas Alan Pauls Sarah J. Townsend

Excerpts from the Plays of Vivi Tellas Vivi Tellas Sarah J. Townsend

7 Art, Life & Show-Biz 259

An Intimate Love Letter: Ain Gordon's Art, Life & Show-Biz Robert Vorlicky

Art, Life & Show-Biz Ain Gordon

Bibliography 297

Index 304

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