In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions
Why theatre now? Reflecting on the mix of challenges and opportunities that face theatre in communities that are necessarily becoming global in scope and technologically driven, In Defence of Theatre offers a range of passionate reflections on this important question.
Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman bring together nineteen playwrights, actors, directors, scholars, and educators who discuss the role that theatre can – and must – play in professional, community, and educational venues. Stepping back from their daily work, they offer scholarly research, artists’ reflections, interviews, and creative texts that argue for theatre as a response to the political and cultural challenges emerging in the twenty-first century. Contributors address theatre’s contribution to local and global politics of place, its power as an antidote to various modern social ailments, and its pursuit of equality. Of equal concern are the systematic and practical challenges that confront those involved in realizing theatre’s full potential.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 328 pages
- Illustrations: 10
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
"This collection helpfully expands the debate on "why theatre now" by providing a selection of points of view and experiences offering a hopeful message for the future of theatre."
Zoe Zontou, Liverpool Hope University
University of Toronto Quarterly, vol 87 3, Summer 2018
“In Defence of Theatre brings together a ‘who’s who’ of respected and innovative Canadian scholars and theatre-artists to articulate the critical importance of theatrical endeavour.”
Jenn Stephenson, Department of Drama, Queen's University
Kathleen Gallagher is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Distinguished Professor in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, cross-appointed to the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.
Barry Freeman is an assistant professor and director of theatre and performance studies in the Department of Art, Culture, and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Table of contents
Taking a Step Back
Barry Freeman and Kathleen Gallagher
Part I: A Politics of Place in a Global Age
Theatre for a Changeable World, or Making Room for a Fire (Barry Freeman)
Make What You Need (Dustin Scott Harvey)
When You’re Up to Your Ass in Alligators… (Edward Little)
Part II: Antitode for an Ailing Modernity
Politics and Presence: A Theatre of Affective Encounters (Kathleen Gallagher)
If You Mingle: Thoughts on How Theatre Humanizes the Audience (Andrew Kushnir)
Towards a Theatre of Rich, Poetic Language (Alan Dilworth)
The Box That Cannot Be Contained (Catherine Banks)
Part III: (En)Gendering Change
Recontextualizing (Jackie Maxwell in conversation with Kathleen Gallagher)
Performance as Reappearance: Female Blackness in History and Theatre (Naila Keleta-Mae)
Unspeakable Vulnerability: Theatre Mattering in Men’s Lives (Julie Salverson)
Part IV: Breaking Down Barriers
It’s Time to Profess Performance: Thinking Beyond the Specialness and Discreteness of Theatre (Laura Levin)
Including Millennials in the Theatre of the New Millennium (Nicholas Hanson)
Convergence Theatre: Necessary Producers (A Dialogue Between Julie Tepperman and Aaron Willis)
Are We There Yet? Using Theatre to Promote Positive Interdisciplinary Intercourse (James McKinnon)
Thinking Beyond the Boundaries of Theatre, Math and Reality (John Mighton in conversation with Kathleen Gallagher)
Part V: Why Theatre Always
From Epidaurus to the BackSpace at Passe Muraille: Hard Seats, Real Theatre (Judith Thompson)
Sequencing the Shattered Narratives of the Now (Ann-Marie MacDonald in conversation with Kathleen Gallagher)
A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light (Daniel David Moses)
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