Theatre in Crisis?: Performance Manifestos for a New Century

Theatre in Crisis?: Performance Manifestos for a New Century

by Maria M. Delgado, Caridad Svich
     
 

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Theatre in Crisis? Performance Manifestos for a New Century is a wide-ranging look at the state of contemporary theater practice, economics, and issues related to identity, politics, and technology. The volume offers a snapshot dissection of where theater is, where it has been and where it might be going through the voices of established and emerging theater

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Theatre in Crisis? Performance Manifestos for a New Century is a wide-ranging look at the state of contemporary theater practice, economics, and issues related to identity, politics, and technology. The volume offers a snapshot dissection of where theater is, where it has been and where it might be going through the voices of established and emerging theater artists and scholars from the UK, US, and elsewhere.

Contributors: Maria M. Delgado & Caridad Svich • Oliver Mayer, Jorge Cortiñas, Neena Beber, & Craig Lucas • Jim Carmody • Roberta Levitow • Peter Lichtenfels & Lynette Hunter • Michael Billington • Claire H. Macdonald • Anna Furse • Phyllis Nagy • Max Stafford-Clark • Len Berkman • DD Kugler • Tori Haring-Smith • John London • Kia Corthron • Alice Tuan • Ricardo Szwarcer • Peter Sellars • Dragan Klaic • Lisa D’Amour • Paul Heritage • Matthew Causey • Andy Lavender • Jon Fosse • Erik Ehn • Matthew Maguire • Shelley Berc • Ruth Margraff • Martin Epstein • Mac Wellman • Goat Island

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Editorial Reviews

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"...an interesting look at British theater today."--Susan L. Peters, Library Journal

"The range of this book...is extraordinary, revealing the protean vitality of theatre. The forty or so manifestos...explode any misconception that theatre is out of date." --Professor David Bradby, Royal Holloway, University of London

Library Journal
This is a collection of 33 short essays and "thoughts" by theater scholars and practitioners. The stated purpose is to offer various views of contemporary theater economics, issues, and practice as related to politics, identity, and technology-a snapshot, as it were, of where theater is now and where it is going. Since the question "Is the theater dead?" seems to be raised every decade or so, it's not surprising that the editors have seized the opportunity offered by a new century to ask the question yet again. The word crisis is used unrelentingly; director Robert Levitow, for instance, enumerates six major crises facing the theater and ends with sad regret that his spirit has been broken. Clearly, he is not alone. On the other hand, playwright/director Matthew Maguire argues that the theater has always been dying and is always in crisis and offers several strategies to continue the struggle. British theater professionals Paul Lichtenfels and Lynette Hunter round out the text by offering an interesting look at British theater today. Recommended only for academic libraries with a very strong theater interest.-Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719062919
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
05/16/2003
Series:
Theatre: Theory-Practice-Performance
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Maria M. Delgado is Reader in Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Mary, University of London.

Caridad Svich is a member playwright of New Dramatists in New York.

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