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Upstaging Big Daddy: Directing Theater as if Gender and Race Matter


Challenges established notions of the director's craft and disrupts conventional interpretations of "the canon"
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Challenges established notions of the director's craft and disrupts conventional interpretations of "the canon"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472065035
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 1
Women, Woman, and the Subject of Feminism: Feminist Directions 11
1 Interpreting the Text 35
Encountering Dora: Putting Theory into Practice 37
The Split Subject of Blood Relations 53
Top Girls and the Politics of Representation 67
Black Text, White Director: Issues of Race and Gender in Directing African-American Drama 79
2 Subverting the Text 89
Strategies for Subverting the Canon 91
Ways of Looking at Agnes de Castro (1695): A Lesbian History Play at WOW Cafe 107
Resisting the Birth Mark: Subverting Hawthorne in a Feminist Theory Play 121
Split Britches and the Alcestis Lesson: ("What Is This Albatross?") 133
3 Constructing the Text 151
Wearing Red: When a Rowdy Band of Charismatics Learned to Say "NO!" 153
Straddling Discourses 177
"Broads" Too Tight to Sing 193
Directing Stein 211
4 Rehearsing the Text 233
"I Wanna Be Great!": How to Rescue the Spirit in the Wasteland of Fame 235
A New Way to Pay Old Debts: The Playwright Directs Her Own 253
Codirecting: A Model for Men Directing Feminist Plays 263
Paper Dolls: Playthings That Hurt 277
"No:..but"/"Not-Not-Me": Musings on Cross-Gender Performance 291
An interview with Amy Gonzalez: "All Ears, to Let My Ideas Transform" 309
Aftermath: Surviving the Reviews 317
Contributors 325
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