Captive Audience: Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theatre, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Captive Audience

Prison and Captivity in Contemporary Theatre, 1st Edition

Edited by Thomas Fahy, Kimball King


240 pages | 10 Color Illus.

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The first collection on this important topic, Captive Audience examines the social, gendered, ethnic, and cultural problems of incarceration as explored in contemporary theatre. Beginning with an essay by Harold Pinter, the original contributions discuss work including Harold Pinter's screenplays for The Handmaid's Tale and The Trial, Theatrical Prison Projects and Marat/Sade. Kimball King, Thomas Fahy, Rena Fraden, Tiffany Ana Lopez, Fiona Mills, Harold Pinter, Ann C. Hall, Christopher C. Hudgins, Pamela Cooper, Robert F. Gross, Claudia Barnett, Lois Gordon


"Working at the intersection of theater and captivity, these essays use dramas about incarceration to reveal the brutality of prison life and raise cultural and moral questions about the prison system. Examining the 'captivity dramas" of playwrights that include Migdalia Cruz, Miguel Piñero, Samuel Beckett, and Americans Naomi Wallace, Tennessee Williams, and William Inge, these essays seek to challenge "the silence and invisibility" of prisons and prisoners." -- American Literature

About the Editors

Thomas Fahy is Lecturer in English at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He resides in Shell Beach, California. Kimball King is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

About the Series

Studies in Modern Drama

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism