Text & Presentation, 2008


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About the Book

Text & Presentation is an annual publication devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It represents a selection of the best research presented at the international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference.
This anthology includes papers from the 32nd annual conference held in Los Angeles, California. Topics covered include masculinity in the plays of Tennessee Williams and Frederico Garcia Lorca; Moliere’s revolutionary dramaturgy; motherhood in Medea; Electronovision and Richard Burton’s Hamlet; and José Carrasquillo’s all-nude production of Macbeth, among many others.

About the Author(s)

Stratos E. Constantinidis, former director of the Comparative Drama Conference and former editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, teaches in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University and lives in Columbus.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Stratos E. Constantinidis
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 255
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4366-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5289-7
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Comparative Drama Conference Series

Table of Contents



1. Martyred Masculinities: Saint Sebastian and the Dramas of Tennessee Williams and Federico García Lorca      5

(José I. Badenes)

2. How to Do Things with Witches: Performing The Crucible on Stage and Screen      18

(Katherine Egerton)

3. Molière’s Revolutionary Dramaturgy      28

(Stephen H. Fleck)

4. Constructions of Motherhood in Euripides’ Medea      42

(John Given)

5. Becoming Romantic: Women’s Sexual Encounters with the Other in Mourning Becomes Electra and Machinal      55

(Les Hunter)

6. “To Be, Or to Be Recorded”: The Burton Hamlet, the Wooster Group, and the Miracle of Electronovision      67

(Lindsay Brandon Hunter)

7. “Is This a Dagger I See Before Me?”: José Carrasquillo’s All-Nude Production of Macbeth      78

(William Hutchings)

8. Cognitive Model Transformation in Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle      90

(David Paxman and Michael Hatch)

9. Parables for His People: Legal and Religious Authority in the Plays of Stephen Adly Guirgis      110

(David Pellegrini)

10. Classroom Drama: Beckett for the High School Set      123

(Doug Phillips)

11. Anne Hébert’s La cage: A Masque of Liberation      132

(Gregory J. Reid)

12. Mohammad bin Tughlaq: A Fourteenth Century Muslim Sultan in 1960s South India      145

(Kristen Rudisill)

13. The Music Man Cometh: The Tuneful Pipe Dreams of Professor Harold Hill      157

(Michael Schwartz)

14. Tragic Ways of Killing a Child: Staging Violence and Revenge in Classical Greek and Chinese Drama      166

(Fei Shi)

15. Brecht and Bullough: Measuring the Distance in Mother Courage      180

(Diane M. Somerville-Skinner)

16. The Argonautic Myth as Subtext of Shakespeare’s The Tempest      192

(Mary Frances Williams)

17. American Musical Theatre: A Review Essay      205

(Stacy Wolf )

Review of Literature: Selected Books

Graley Herren, Samuel Beckett’s Plays on Film and Television      211

(Mary Bryden)

Toril Moi, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy      213

(Miriam Chirico)

Enoch Brater, ed., Arthur Miller’s Global Theater      217

(Katherine Egerton)

Mary Luckhurst, Dramaturg y: A Revolution in Theatre      219

(Christopher Innes)

Kiki Gounaridou, ed., Staging Nationalism: Essays on Theatre and National Identity      221

(Siyuan Liu)

Shepherd-Barr, Kirsten. Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen      223

(Jeffrey B. Loomis)

Philip C. Kolin, Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook; Kevin J. Wetmore Jr. and Alycia Smith-Howard, eds., Suzan-Lori Parks: A Casebook      226

(Annette Saddik)

Simon Goldhill, How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today      230

(James T. Svendsen)

Amy Scott-Douglass. Shakespeare Inside: The Bard Behind Bars      232

(Sara L. Warner)

Index      235

Book Reviews & Awards

“edited with care…preserves the conference experience by extending its scholarly dialogue to the wider reading community…many fine essays”—New England Theatre Journal.