Black Dionysus

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786451593
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Black Dionysus from the Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.. Many playwrights, authors, poets and historians have used images, metaphors and references to and from Greek tragedy, myth and epic to describe the African experience in the New World. The complex relationship between ancient Greek tragedy and modern African American theatre is primarily rooted in America, where the connection between ancient Greece and ancient Africa is explored and debated the most. The different ways in which Greek tragedy has been used by playwrights, directors and others to represent and define African American history and identity are explored in this work. Two models are offered for an Afro-Greek connection: Black Orpheus, in which the Greek connection is metaphorical, expressing the African in terms of the European; and Black Athena, in which ancient Greek culture is "reclaimed" as part of an Afrocentric tradition. African American adaptations of Greek tragedy on the continuum of these two models are then discussed, and plays by Peter Sellars, Adrienne Kennedy, Lee Breuer, Rita Dove, Jim Magnuson, Ernest Ferlita, Steve Carter, Silas Jones, Rhodessa Jones and Derek Walcott are analyzed. The concepts of colorblind and nontraditional casting and how such practices can shape the reception and meaning of Greek tragedy in modern American productions are also covered.

Tragedy In The Contemporary American Theatre

Author: Robert J. Andreach
Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 0761864016
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Tragedy In The Contemporary American Theatre from the Author: Robert J. Andreach. This book refutes the claim that tragedy is no longer a vital and relevant part of contemporary American theatre. Tragedy in the Contemporary American Theatre examines plays by multiple contemporary playwrights and compares them alongside the works of America’s major twentieth-century tragedians: Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams. The book argues that tragedy is not only present in contemporary American theatre, but issues from an expectation fundamental to American culture: the pressure on characters to create themselves. Tragedy in the Contemporary American Theatre concludes that tragedy is vital and relevant, though not always in the Aristotelian model, the standard for traditional evaluation.

Perspectives On Contemporary Spanish American Theatre

Author: Frank N. Dauster
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838753453
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Perspectives On Contemporary Spanish American Theatre from the Author: Frank N. Dauster. "In this collection, nine specialists in Spanish American theatre examine social and aesthetic issues reflected in today's vital drama." "The essays in this volume reflect a pattern of interests rapidly becoming dominant among scholars. Several of them deal with questions of genre or focus on metatheatre and parody, theatrical techniques widespread in Latin America. The majority treat these topics in conjunction with their social context. Dominant themes include the question of whether there can be culture-specific genres, incorporating the extremely varied ethnic and cultural strands of the Spanish American social fabric, or the use (and reinterpretation) of tragic and comic structures and classical myths to express social marginality or demythologize received history. A number of essays focus on the problematic situation of women in Spanish American society and their struggle to achieve equality in a highly traditional culture. At the same time the authors examine the role of women in the theatre, both as protagonists and as creative artists, and their struggle to gain acceptance of nontraditional roles and lifestyles."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Reimagining Greek Tragedy On The American Stage

Author: Helene P. Foley
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520283872
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Reimagining Greek Tragedy On The American Stage from the Author: Helene P. Foley. This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies—over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources—archival, video, interviews, and reviews—Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.

Greek Tragedy On The American Stage

Author: Karelisa Hartigan
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313292835
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Greek Tragedy On The American Stage from the Author: Karelisa Hartigan. During the past century, the interpretation given by the various directors staging Greek drama has varied, and the critical reception accorded the productions has also altered. While the texts of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides remain constant, the meanings drawn from their plays do not. The director who decides to offer a Greek tragedy in the modern American commercial theater believes in the ability of the text to reach the contemporary audience, and the reviewers assess the success of the venture: their words become a record of both a particular performance and the time in which it played. Hartigan explores how drama and society interact and witnesses the continued vitality of the Greek tragedy.

Plays From The Contemporary American Theater

Author: Brooks McNamara
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780451528377
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Plays From The Contemporary American Theater from the Author: Brooks McNamara. This collection of modern American plays, edited and introduced by Brooks McNamara, includes "Streamers" by David Rabe, "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley, and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson, with five others by John Guare, Arthur Kopit, Christopher Durang, A. R. Gurney, and Tina Howe. Reprint.

Contemporary American Drama

Author: Annette J. Saddik
ISBN: 9781780343488
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Contemporary American Drama from the Author: Annette J. Saddik. This book explores the development of contemporary theatre in the United States in its historical, political and theoretical dimensions.

No Safe Spaces

Author: Angela Chia-yi Pao
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472071211
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No Safe Spaces from the Author: Angela Chia-yi Pao. Explores fifty years of non-traditional casting practices on the American stage and the questions of cultural identity that they have raised

The War Against Naturalism In The Contemporary American Theatre

Author: Robert J. Andreach
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: 9780761838647
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The War Against Naturalism In The Contemporary American Theatre from the Author: Robert J. Andreach. The book applies playwright John Guare's statement that, "the war against naturalism," is the history of the American theatre in the Twentieth-Century to selected plays by important contemporary American playwrights. Crucial to the argument is the recognition that a war presupposes two sides with neither side defeating the other, for if naturalistic theatre were to win, all theatre would be linear with characters circumscribed by their heredity and environment. If non-naturalistic theatre were to win, all theatre would be a hodgepodge of incoherent images. After isolating elements of a naturalistic play in its philosophical and mode of production sense, the book examines plays that wage war in language and character. The plays are all of the past few decades: some by Foreman and Wellman are disorienting; some by Albee, Groff, and Maxwell are controversial; others by Eno and Corthron are by playwrights on the verge of major careers; still others by Overmyer and Jenkin are drawing aspiring playwrights to them as models of new, exciting writing for the theatre. All of them, whether colliding genres and styles or destabilizing meaning as in plays by Gibson and Long or reclaiming a mystery as in plays by Ludlam, Greenberg, and Donagy, challenge naturalism's boundaries. The book not only provides an approach to the contemporary American drama-theatre, but also brings together playwrights not perceived as having any connections other than the fact that they are creating plays today. The text is appropriate for undergraduate students through professors and practitioners.