Contemporary Theatre & Performance, Fall 2011

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  • Richard II (early 1980s), performed at the Olympics Art Festival in LA in 1984 to high praise
  • http://vodpod.com/watch/335463-norma-fantini-mark-doss-robert-wilson-aida-verdi
  • Pullman porter character of Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones play performed by woman in blackface.
  • Contemporary Theatre & Performance, Fall 2011

    1. 1. TPS 4999 (Senior Seminar) Fall 2011 Kennesaw State University
    2. 2. <ul><li>Book of Mormon by Parker, Lopez & Stone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>O’Neill Theater, Broadway </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Motherf**ker with the Hat , by Stephen Aldy Guirgis (with Chris Rock ) </li></ul><ul><li>Jerusalem , by Jez Butterworth, starring Mark Rylance </li></ul><ul><li>Ruined by Lynn Nottage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>at the Geffen (LA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza </li></ul><ul><ul><li>at Alliance (1/12)!, trans. by Christopher Hampton </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Lisa D’Amour </li></ul><ul><ul><li>& Katie Pearl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Detroit @ Steppenwolf Theatre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>also at KSU ! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anna Bella Eema @ Catastrophic Theatre (Dallas) </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Michener Center for Writers ( Texas ) </li></ul><ul><li>FSU prof, heads MFA </li></ul><ul><li>Humana Festival </li></ul><ul><ul><li>winner, 10-minute play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lobster Boy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jerome Fellow @ Guthrie </li></ul><ul><li>Clementine in the Lower Nine at PlayPenn </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Minneapolis (Guthrie Theatre) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Great Game: Afghanistan (mult. authors) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Master Butchers Singing Club by M. Norman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DOLLHOUSE by Rebecca Gilman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Scottsboro Boys by Kander, Ebb, & Thompson </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chicago (Steppenwolf, Lookinglass ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Piven Theatre Workshop: Late, A Cowboy Song </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neofuturists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Austin (RudeMechs, Salvage Vanguard) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Method Gun , Get Your War On , Lipstick Traces , I’ve Never Been So Happy (in development) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Actor’s Express </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spring Awakening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Night of the Iguana </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Alliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ghost Brothers of Darkland County </li></ul></ul><ul><li>7Stages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lay of the Land </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Synchronicity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play </li></ul></ul><ul><li>gloATL’s Maa ’ </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Théâtre du Soleil </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre collective </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern influences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kabuki (Japan) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kathakali (India) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Actors from over 21 countries </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Joint Stock Company </li></ul><ul><li>English Stage Company (ESC) </li></ul><ul><li>Materialist feminist </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud 9 (1979) </li></ul><ul><li>Top Girls (1982) </li></ul><ul><li>A Number (2002) </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Indonesian, Balinese influences </li></ul><ul><li>Costume and mask designer </li></ul><ul><li>The Lion King (1998: Tony) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Amsterdam Theatre: Disney Corp. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direction, costumes, masks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Titus (film, 1999), with Anthony Hopkins </li></ul><ul><li>The Green Bird (2000, Broadway) </li></ul><ul><li>The Tempest (2009, film) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prospera in/o Prospero (Helen Mirren) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spiderman , The Musical </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) with Tadashi Suzuki </li></ul><ul><li>Viewpoints </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sampling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movement, space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>e.g. South Pacific in clinic for “emotionally disturbed war veterans” </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Topdog/Underdog (2001): Pulitzer prize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lincoln and Booth as brothers/hustlers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeffrey Wright (L); Don Cheadle (B) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>365 Days/365 Plays (Nov. 2007, KSU) </li></ul><ul><li>“ discontinuous, postmodern ruminations” </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Post-modern: mix high/low, east/west, then/now, genres, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Deconstruct: undermine logic of opposition in texts; to undo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jacques Derrida (philosopher) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Wooster Group (Elizabeth LeCompte) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Route 1 & 9 (1981); L.S.D. (1983) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JoAnne Akalaitis: Beckett’s Endgame </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Wilson: “nothing to understand, only things to experience” </li></ul>
    13. 18. <ul><li>Lee Breuer, JoAnne Akalaitis </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Influence of Grotowski, absurdism </li></ul><ul><li>Gospel at Colonus (1984) </li></ul><ul><li>DollHouse </li></ul>
    14. 20. <ul><li>Questioning Authority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of the law, of the text, of the power </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Life/Art, Personal/Political </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theatre/performance as weapon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collectives and communes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Juxtaposition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Postmodernism, deconstruction </li></ul></ul>
    15. 21. <ul><li>Maria Irene Fornes & Surrealism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>check out the wiki page on Fornes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 required articles; several others to explore </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog entry # 2: which theatre (or new play) do find most compelling & why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>check out new page on wiki: contempo theatre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>add to it!!! make it better!!!  </li></ul></ul></ul>

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