1st Edition

Imagined Theatres Writing for a Theoretical Stage

Edited By Daniel Sack Copyright 2017
    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Imagined Theatres collects theoretical dramas written by some of the leading scholars and artists of the contemporary stage. These dialogues, prose poems, and microfictions describe imaginary performance events that explore what might be possible and impossible in the theatre.

    Each scenario is mirrored by a brief accompanying reflection, asking what they might mean for our thinking about the theatre. These many possible worlds circle around questions that include:

    • In what way is writing itself a performance?
    • How do we understand the relationship between real performances that engender imaginary reflections and imaginary conceptions that form the basis for real theatrical productions?
    • Are we not always imagining theatres when we read or even when we sit in the theatre, watching whatever event we imagine we are seeing?


    Imagined Theatres

    137 Titles (I)

    Tim Etchells Gloss: Tim Etchells

    137 Titles (II)

    Tim Etchells Gloss: Tim Etchells

    137 Titles (III)

    Tim Etchells Gloss: Tim Etchells

    After Dinner

    Julia Jarcho Gloss: Julia Jarcho

    "All the world's a…"

    Baz Kershaw Gloss: Baz Kershaw

    Ancestor Call—Guerrero

    Cherríe L. Moraga Gloss: Brian Eugenio Herrera

    Ancestor Call—Malinche

    Cherríe L. Moraga Gloss: Helen Paris

    Anecdote of the Stage (after Stevens)

    John F. Muse Gloss: John F. Muse

    Animal Friendship: A Docudrama

    Minou Arjomand Gloss: Broderick D.V. Chow

    The Art of Forgetting

    Daniel Sack Gloss: Daniel Sack


    Isaiah Matthew Wooden Gloss: Natalie Alvarez

    Candle Tears

    Meiling Cheng Gloss: Meiling Cheng

    Casting, Four Ways

    Brian Eugenio Herrera Gloss: Brian Eugenio Herrera

    A Chinese Actor's Late Style

    Broderick D.V. Chow Gloss: Broderick D.V. Chow

    Cities of Refuge

    Dominika Laster Gloss: Yelena Gluzman

    The Classroom

    Lin Hixson Gloss: Matthew Goulish


    Jonathan Ball Gloss: Jonathan Ball

    , Colon;zations and Exclamations!: A Set Piece Staged for the Page

    Jennifer DeVere Brody Gloss: Jennifer DeVere Brody

    The Copper Thieves

    Irma Mayorga Gloss: Irma Mayorga

    Court Theatre

    Petra Kuppers Gloss: VK Preston

    Crow Takes Hat

    Erik Ehn Gloss: Irma Mayorga

    Crowds with the Shape of Reason Missing

    Alan Read Gloss: Alan Read

    Dance for Baghdad

    Pavol Liska Gloss: Nicholas Ridout

    dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home

    Sharon Bridgforth Gloss: Nia Witherspoon


    W.B. Worthen Gloss: Aaron C. Thomas

    Disappearing Act

    Fintan Walsh Gloss: Aaron C. Thomas

    A Displacement

    Patrick Anderson Gloss: Rajni Shah

    Dreams on Screen

    Rachel Joseph Gloss: Rachel Joseph


    Joe Kelleher Gloss: Joe Kelleher

    Eavesdropping in on a Cyclical Conversation

    Carl Hancock Rux Gloss: Jennifer DeVere Brody

    Enema of the People

    Stephen Bottoms Gloss: Stephen Bottoms

    esprit de corps

    Kimberly Jannarone Gloss: Joshua Abrams

    Extremely poor children

    Romeo Castellucci Gloss: Joe Kelleher

    FADE TO BLACK: Notes toward a re-performance of gestures that never occurred

    Ricardo Dominguez Gloss: Ricardo Dominguez

    Feminist Theory Theatre

    Yelena Gluzman Gloss: Yelena Gluzman

    The Fort

    Yvette Nolan Gloss: Minou Arjomand


    Nicholas Ridout Gloss: Kimberly Jannarone

    A Garden Party Hamlet

    Rachel Joseph Gloss: Kyle Gillette

    Ghost Light, an Animal Congress

    Jennifer Parker-Starbuck Gloss: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck

    Ghost Practice

    Sara Jane Bailes Gloss: Andrew Sofer

    Give, Take, and Shake

    Rodrigo Toscano Gloss: Carla Harryman

    The Greatest Show on Earth

    Darren O'Donnell Gloss: Darren O'Donnell


    Jonathan Ball Gloss: John H. Muse

    Gut Body

    Petra Kuppers Gloss: Petra Kuppers

    A Happy Life

    Aaron C. Thomas Gloss: Aaron C. Thomas

    Heaven's Stenographer Shines the Guiding Light

    Nick Salvato Gloss: Brian Eugenio Herrera

    Holding Time

    Helen Paris Gloss: Sara Jane Bailes

    How Does it Go Again?

    Rebecca Schneider Gloss: Rebecca Schneider

    Human Too

    Una Chaudhuri Gloss: Petra Kuppers

    I can't breathe…

    Thomas F. DeFrantz Gloss: Thomas F. DeFrantz

    I, Marjorie

    Jen Harvie Gloss: Jen Harvie

    Imagined Cities (after Calvino)

    Kyle Gillette Gloss: Daniel Sack

    The Impossible Magic Show

    Augusto Corrieri Gloss: Augusto Corrieri

    In Character

    Harvey Young Gloss: Harvey Young


    Joshua Chambers-Letson & Josh Rains Gloss: Chambers-Letson & Rains

    it comes back together

    Karen Christopher Gloss: Andy Field

    It could be a forest

    Ralph Lemon Gloss: Ralph Lemon

    It was a large rubble space

    Claire MacDonald Gloss: Ant Hampton

    LAST RESORT [No One Can Stop You Now]

    Sylvan Oswald Gloss: Jen Harvie

    The Last Wor(l)d

    VK Preston Gloss: Kyle Gillette

    The Lost Notebooks of the Painter's Wife

    Diane Glancy Gloss: Diane Glancy

    The Means of Production

    Jen Harvie Gloss: Patrick Anderson

    A Meta-theatre

    Bush Moukarzel Gloss: Claudia La Rocco

    The monster when she opened her wings

    Claudia La Rocco Gloss: Claudia La Rocco

    Motion Capture

    Christopher Grobe Gloss: Sarah Bay-Cheng

    Music for Charlie Morel

    Aaron C. Thomas Gloss: Joseph Cermatori

    The Night Everything Happened

    Augusto Corrieri Gloss: Isaiah Matthew Wooden

    No Subject

    Wendy Houstoun Gloss: Wendy Houstoun

    NOT I (not)

    Ant Hampton Gloss: Peggy Phelan

    Ocean Oration

    Una Chaudhuri Gloss: Una Chaudhuri

    Oh, Have I Died, Then?

    Howard Barker Gloss: Daniel Sack

    On Location & Context

    Ricardo A. Bracho Gloss: Ricardo A. Bracho

    On Scale

    Joshua Abrams Gloss: Kimberly Jannarone

    Onboard Entertainment

    Joe Kelleher Gloss: Kyle Gillette

    or, The Whale (for Tess)

    Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca Gloss: Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

    An Orogeny

    Caden Manson & Jemma Nelson Gloss: Karen Christopher

    Otto's Self Board Meeting

    Pablo Helguera Gloss: Fintan Walsh

    Passenger Pigeons

    Yvette Nolan Gloss: Una Chaudhuri

    Plant Life (excerpt from a play in three acts)

    Peggy Phelan Gloss: Una Chaudhuri


    Claudia La Rocco Gloss: Joe Kelleher


    Karen Christopher Gloss: Helen Paris

    The Previous Cry

    Timothy McCain Gloss: Matthew Goulish

    Private Language Argument I

    Andrew Sofer Gloss: Nick Salvato

    Private Language Argument II

    Andrew Sofer Gloss: Andrew Sofer

    Questions for Women in Prison

    Rhodessa Jones Gloss: Rhodessa Jones


    Kyle Gillette Gloss: Joshua Abrams


    Andy Field Gloss: Aaron C. Thomas

    Rock Performance

    Nick Salvato Gloss: Nick Salvato


    Nia Witherspoon Gloss: Irma Mayorga


    Claire MacDonald Gloss: Augusto Corrieri

    Stress Melody

    Christopher Grobe Gloss: Christopher Grobe


    Jonathan Ball Gloss: Rachel Joseph


    Natalie Alvarez Gloss: Ju Yon Kim

    Tectum Theatre

    Suk-Young Kim Gloss: Suk-Young Kim


    Joshua Abrams Gloss: Joshua Abrams

    Theatre of the Blind (or: Description)

    Patrick Anderson Gloss: Thomas F. DeFrantz

    The Theatre at Calpurnia

    Nadine George-Graves Gloss: Nadine George-Graves

    Theatre generated by a probabilistic language model, with grammatical artifacts retained

    Caden Manson & Jemma Nelson Gloss: W.B. Worthen

    Theatre of Intimacy and Abandon

    Casey Llewellyn & Claudia Rankine Gloss: Peggy Phelan

    The Theatre of the Town

    Joe Kelleher Gloss: Erin Manning


    Ju Yon Kim Gloss: Ju Yon Kim

    A Theatrical Revenge Melodrama with Ring-Tones

    Sarah Bay-Cheng Gloss: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck

    Thee Thy Thou Thine (a fragment)

    Rose English Gloss: Wendy Houstoun

    Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars

    Emily Johnson Gloss: Emily Johnson

    Three dramaturgical miniatures (after Nietzsche)

    Joseph Cermatori Gloss: Daniel Sack


    Erin Manning Gloss: Erin Manning

    Touching Touches

    Isaiah Matthew Wooden Gloss: Isaiah Matthew Wooden


    Kyle Gillette Gloss: Patrick Anderson

    Two Dances

    Susan Leigh Foster Gloss: Susan Leigh Foster

    TwoDoor Drama

    Rebecca Schneider Gloss: Daniel Sack

    Universal Theatre Machine (for Leibniz, Turing, Brecht, and Boal)

    Annie Dorsen Gloss: Christopher Grobe

    Unstill Lifes

    Bonnie Marranca Gloss: Bonnie Marranca

    Untitled (Imaginary Theatre #1)

    André Lepecki Gloss: Rebecca Schneider

    Untitled (Imaginary Theatre #2)

    André Lepecki Gloss: Matthew Goulish

    Variations (I-III)

    Deirdre Heddon Gloss: Deirdre Heddon


    VK Preston Gloss: VK Preston

    The Waiting Room

    Michael McMillan Gloss: Michael McMillan


    Natalie Alvarez Gloss: Deirdre Heddon

    What to, where (A Poets Theatre)

    Carla Harryman Gloss: Carla Harryman

    Women & Children & an Old Man Godot

    Richard Schechner Gloss: Richard Schechner

    Rajni Shah Gloss: Rajni Shah


    Daniel Sack is Assistant Professor of English and Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.