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  • Theater and Social Change

    An issue of: Theater
    Volume: 31
    Issue: 3
    Special Issue Editor(s): Alisa Solomon
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  • 1. Contributors


    2. Up Front–Erika Munk

    3. Irony and Deeper Significance: Where Are the Plays?–Alisa Solomon

    4. Documentary Solo Performance: The Politics of the Mirrored Self–Jonathan Kalb

    5. Re thinking Power, Re thinking Theater

    6. Boal and Beyond: Strategies for Creating Community Dialogue–Sharon Green

    7. Notes from Inside–Tim Mitchell

    8. Theater of the Recruits–Grace Telesco

    9. How Do You Make Social Change?–Tony Kushner, Linda Frye Burnham, Doug Paterson, Archon Fung, John O'Neal, Roberta Uno, Holly Hughes, Peter C. Brosius, Caron Atlas, Dorinne Kondo, Rubén Martínez, Buzz Alexander, Dudley Cocke, Graciela Sanchez, John Malpede, Marty Pottenger, Tim Miller, Melanie Joseph, and William Pope.L

    10. Motion of the Ocean: The Shifting Face of U.S. Theater for Social Change since the 1960s–Jan Cohen-Cruz

    11. What Happened?

    12. Change on Whose Terms? Testimony and an Erotics of Injury–Julie Salverson

    13. Memory, Money, and Persistence: Theater of Social Change in Context–Arlene Goldbard

    14. Agitational Performance, Now and Then–Claudia Orenstein

    15. What Do We Want to Achieve?

    16. The Gospel According to Billy–Jonathan Kalb

    17. I Love New York, or Starbucks out of Hell's Kitchen–Reverend Billy

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  • Description

    From the Federal Theater Projects of the Great Depression to the disruptive performances of the 1960s and 1970s, theater has played an important role in American radicalism. This special issue of Theater reports on socially conscious, politically active theaters in the United States. Despite the evaporation of Cold War passions and the rise of conservatism in the 1980s and 1990s, such theater work remains a persistent and evolving presence on the political landscape. Since the first inauguration of George W. Bush, new opportunities have arisen for political performance and for significant new challenges to these artists.

    Theater and Social Change not only tracks the historical evolution of political theater but also explores the current state and future prospects of different modes, including agit-prop, demonstrations, solo performance, Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, and community-based production. With such notable contributors as Anna Deavere Smith, Jonathan Kalb, Holly Hughes, and Tony Kushner, the issue offers a diverse assemblage of personal statements, conversations, photographs, interviews, and performance text.

    Contributors include: Reverend Billy, Jan Cohen-Cruz, Arlene Goldbard, Sharon Green, Lani Guinier, Holly Hughes, Jonathan Kalb, Tony Kushner, Judith Malina, Robbie McCauley, John O'Neal, Claudia Orenstein, Bill Rauch, Julie Salverson, Anna Deavere Smith, Alisa Solomon, Roberta Uno

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