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Imagined Theatres
Writing for a Theoretical Stage

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Daniel Sack





ISBN 9781138122055
Published May 1, 2017 by Routledge
312 Pages

 
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Book Description

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?

Table of Contents

Introduction

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


Astigmatisms

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


Clockfire

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


Dealing

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


Earthly

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


Friedrichshain

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


Gun

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


IRL

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


Poolside

Claudia La Rocco Gloss: Joe Kelleher


Precipitation

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


Realism

Kyle Gillette Gloss: Joshua Abrams


Remains

Andy Field Gloss: Aaron C. Thomas


Rock Performance

Nick Salvato Gloss: Nick Salvato


SHE

Nia Witherspoon Gloss: Irma Mayorga


Spiked

Claire MacDonald Gloss: Augusto Corrieri


Stress Melody

Christopher Grobe Gloss: Christopher Grobe


Surveillance

Jonathan Ball Gloss: Rachel Joseph


TALES

Natalie Alvarez Gloss: Ju Yon Kim


Tectum Theatre

Suk-Young Kim Gloss: Suk-Young Kim


Th'Eater

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


Theatre/Duty

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


Thresholding

Erin Manning Gloss: Erin Manning


Touching Touches

Isaiah Matthew Wooden Gloss: Isaiah Matthew Wooden


Triptych

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


Vocabulary

VK Preston Gloss: VK Preston


The Waiting Room

Michael McMillan Gloss: Michael McMillan


Wanderspiele

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

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Biography

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