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A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage

1st Edition

Edited by Jocelyn L. Buckner


204 pages

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Paperback: 9781138822597
pub: 2016-05-05
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A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage places this renowned, award-winning playwright's contribution to American theatre in scholarly context. The volume covers Nottage's plays, productions, activism, and artistic collaborations to display the extraordinary breadth and depth of her work.


The collection contains chapters on each of her major works, and includes a special three-chapter section devoted to Ruined, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. The anthology also features an interview about collaboration and creativity with Lynn Nottage and two of her most frequent directors, Seret Scott and Kate Whoriskey.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Freedom Is a Debt to Repay; A Legacy to Uphold

Sandra Shannon

Introduction: "Sustaining the Complexity" of Lynn Nottage

Jocelyn L. Buckner

Production History Chronology

Scott Knowles

On the Table: Crumbs of Freedom and Fugitivity – A 21st Century (Re)reading of Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Jaye Austin Williams

"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner": Choral Aesthetics in Mud, River, Stone

Jennifer L. Hayes

Intimate Spaces/Public Places: Locating Sites of Migration, Connection, and Identity in Intimate Apparel

Adrienne Macki Braconi

"It’s All About a Rabbit, or It Ain’t": The Folkloric Fabulations of Lynn Nottage

Faedra Chatard Carpenter

Diasporic Desire in Las Meninas

Jocelyn L. Buckner

Vera Stark at the Crossroads of History

Harvey Young

Special Section on Ruined

Melodrama, Sensation, and Activism in Ruined

Jennifer-Scott Mobley

Renegotiating Realism: Hybridity of Form and Political Potentiality in Ruined

Jeff Paden

Land Rights and Womb Rights: Forging Difficult Diasporic Kinships in Ruined

Esther J. Terry


Interview On Creativity and Collaboration: A Conversation with Lynn Nottage, Seret Scott, and Kate Whoriskey

Jocelyn L. Buckner

Afterword: Lynn Nottage’s Futurity

Soyica Colbert

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / American
FICTION / African American / Contemporary Women
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting