Restaging the Sixties Radical Theaters and Their Legacies

ISBN-10: 0472069543

ISBN-13: 9780472069545

Edition: 2007

Authors: James M. Harding, Cindy Rosenthal

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In the volatile period of the late sixties and early seventies, several theater groups came to prominence in the United States, informing and shaping activist theater as we know it today.Restaging the Sixtiesexamines the artistry, politics, and legacies of eight radical collectives: the Living Theatre, the Open Theatre, the Performance Group, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, El Teatro Campesino, At the Foot of the Mountain, the Free Southern Theater, and Bread and Puppet Theater. Each of the specially commissioned essays is from a leading theater artist, critic, or scholar. The essays follow a three-part structure that first provides a historical overview of each group's work, then an exploration of the group's significant contributions to political theater, and finally, the legacy of those contributions. The volume explores how creations such as the Living Theatre'sParadise Nowand the Performance Group'sDionysus in 69overlapped with political interests that, in the late 1960s, highlighted the notion of social collectives as a radical alternative to mainstream society. Situating theatrical practice within this socio-political context, the book considers how radical theaters sought to redefine the relationship between theater and political activism, and how, as a result, they challenged the foundations of theater itself. James M. Hardingis Associate Professor of English at Mary Washington University. His other books includeNot the Other Avant-Garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance. Cindy Rosenthalis Associate Professor of Theatre Studies, Hofstra University. "A useful introduction to an eclectic period of experimental theater, providing portraits of the major political theaters and engaging with new vigor many of the era's familiar aesthetic and ideological concerns. The writers offer a provocative history of theater's attraction to (and occasional anxiety over) activism." --Marc Robinson, Yale University
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Introduction: Between Characteristics, Continuities, and Change-Theorizing the Legacy of Radical Theaters
The Living Theatre: Historical Overview
Only Connect: The Living Theatre and Its Audiences
Four Scenes of Theatrical Anarcho-Pacifism: A Living Legacy
The Open Theatre: Historical Overview
After Paradise: The Open Theatre's The Serpent, Terminal, and The Mutation Show
Ways of Working: Post-Open Theatre Performance and Pedagogy
At the Foot of the Mountain: Historical Overview
Cut by the Cutting Edge: Martha Boesing and At the Foot of the Mountain
The Beautiful Legs of Feminist Theater: At the Foot of the Mountain and Its Legacy
The San Francisco Mime Troupe: Historical Overview
Revolution Should Be Fun: A Critical Perspective on The San Francisco Mime Troupe
San Francisco Mime Troupe Legacy: Guerrilla Theater
El Teatro Campesino: Historical Overview
Re-Constructing Collective Dynamics: El Teatro Campesino from a Twenty-First-Century Perspective
The Legacy of El Teatro Campesino
The Free Southern Theater: Historical Overview
The Free Southern Theater: Mythology and the Moving between Movements
Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable: The Legacy of the Free Southern Theater
The Performance Group: Historical Overview
The Performance Group between Theater and Theory
A Different Kind of Pomo: The Performance Group and the Mixed Legacy of Authentic Performance
Bread and Puppet Theater: Historical overview
"Go Have Your Life!": Self and Community in Peter Schumann's Bread and Puppet Theater
Bread and Puppet and the Possibilities of Puppet Theater
Resources
Contributors
Index
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