Theater of War and Exile: Twelve Playwrights, Directors and Performers from Eastern Europe and Israel

Theater of War and Exile: Twelve Playwrights, Directors and Performers from Eastern Europe and Israel

by Domnica Radulescu

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Theater of War and Exile: Twelve Playwrights, Directors and Performers from Eastern Europe and Israel by Domnica Radulescu

In what ways does political trauma influence the art arising from it? Is there an aesthetic of war and exile in theatrical works that emerge from such experiences? Are there cultural markers defining such works from areas like Eastern Europe and Israel? This book considers these questions in an examination of plays, performances and theater artists that speak from a place of political violence and displacement.
The author’s critical inquiry covers a variety of theatrical experimentations, including Brechtian distancing, black humor, pastiche, surreal and hyper-real imagery, reversed chronologies and disrupted narratives. Drawing on postmodern theories and performance studies as well as interviews and personal statements from the artists discussed, this study explores the transformative power of the theater arts and their function as catalysts for social change, healing and remembrance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786473120
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 06/12/2015
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Domnica Radulescu is a distinguished professor of Romance languages at Washington and Lee University. She has authored, edited, or coedited nine scholarly books and collections of essays. Two of her plays have received recognition from the Jane Chambers Playwriting award and she is the author of two best-selling novels, with a third novel soon to be released. She is the founding director of the National Symposium of Theater in Academe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Maya E. Roth 1

Preface 7

Introduction: Defining an Aesthetic of War and Exile 11

1 Exile as Ontological Mutation: Theater and Performance about Post-Communist Regions 37

The Tragi-Comedy of Nomadism Aglaja Veteranyi 38

Balkan Roots, Western Wings Saviana Stanescu 44

All Movement, No Words Pavel Zuštiak 59

Exile Is My Home: Personal Testimonies on Creativity and Exile 66

Eastern Europe Meets Indochina Radmila Adamová 77

Nomadism on Drugs Dorota Maslowska 83

2 Theater of War and Genocide, and Theater Dystopias 94

Consciousness Raising Through Theater Matei Visniec 96

Postwar Dystopias Biljana Srbljanovic 123

Grand Guignol Horror and Dystopia Milena Markovic 140

Playwriting as Resistance to War Motti Lerner 151

3 Performance as Memory Keeper and Promoter of Peace 163

Storytelling as a Way of Understanding the "Other" Noa Baum 164

Marcy Arlin and the Immigrants Theater Project: Celebrating Diversity 173

DAH Theater Group: Performance as Promoter of Peace and Repository of Memory 184

Conclusion: Theater as Survival 200

Chapter Notes 223

Bibliography 233

Index 241

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