Staging America Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater

ISBN-10: 0809324970

ISBN-13: 9780809324972

Edition: 2005

Authors: Sonja Kuftinec

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This captivating study" "maps a history and theory of community-based theater in the United States through the Cornerstone Theater Company. Detailing how the performance-making process contributes to an ongoing negotiation of American identity, Sonja Kuftinec investigates community-based theater to trace the historical affiliations of the form and critically examines how community-based theater both enables community and challenges the very notion of "community" as a stable site. The process of making and unmaking community is vividly illuminated in the work of the Cornerstone Theater Company, a Los Angeles-based ensemble founded in 1986. From 1986 to 1991, Cornerstone toured nationwide, working mainly with rural towns to create adaptations of classical texts. A Wild West musical "Hamlet" was performed with residents of Marmarth, North Dakota (population 190), and "The House on Walker River," an adaptation of the "Oresteia" trilogy, was developed with a Native American reservation in Nevada. Since 1991, Cornerstone has performed with urban communities, developing original shows and adaptations of Western and non-Western texts incorporating local histories and community players. These performances rearticulate distinctions among various urban group and between amateur and professional theater. While Cornerstone's contemporary work can be contextualized within a historical tradition of grassroots performance, it also complicates this tradition, suggesting that identity may be more dynamic than rooted. By using Cornerstone as a case study, Kuftinec's analysis of community-based theater's impact upon rural, urban, and professional sites across the United States proposes that"community" and "America" are vital terms of negotiation rather than fixed entities.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

SONJA ARSHAMnbsp;KUFTINEC is Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Minnesota, USA. She also works as a director and dramaturg developing collaborative theatre projects with youth in the Balkans and Middle East and as a facilitator with Seeds of Peace. Previous publications include Staging America: Cornerstone and Community-Based Theatre (2003).

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Surveying the Terrain
Identity Traces: Historiographic Perspectives on Cornerstone and Community-Based Theater
Perfor ( M) Ations: Cornerstone and Transactions of Community
Rural Routes
Urban Revisions
Regional Returns: a Tale of Two Collaborations
Conclusion: Curtain Calls
Appendix: Cornerstone Production History, 1986-2001
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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