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Sport Plays is a volume about sports in the theatre and what it means to stage sports.
The chapters in this volume examine sports plays through a range of critical and theoretical approaches that highlight central concerns and questions both for sports and for theatre. The plays cut across boundaries and genres, from Broadway-style musicals to dramas to experimental and developmental work. The chapters examine and trouble the conventions of staging sports as they open possibilities for considering larger social and cultural issues and debates.
This volume's broad range of perspectives make it a compelling resource for students and scholars of sport, theatre, and performance studies whose interests span feminism, sexuality, politics, and race.
Table of Contents
PREFACE David Henry Hwang: A Bruce Lee Musical?; INTRODUCTION Broderick Chow & Eero Laine: Bad at Sports: An Introduction; SECTION ONE: Sports/Race Section preface: Harvey Young: Consequential Acts: Race, Sports, and Theatre; 1 Leticia L. Ridley: ‘Surviving Against the Sharp White [Tennis] Background’: Black Women’s Presence and Absence in Terrence McNally’s Deuce and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen; 2 Danielle A.D. Howard: Dribbling Against the Law: The Performance of Basketball, Race, and Resistance; 3 Stefanie A. Jones: Football Theatre and Racial Capitalism; SECTION TWO: Sex Segregation Section preface: Jennifer Doyle: Sex, Gender, and Playing Sport Structures; 4 Kim Solga: Sport, Space, and Gender: Embodying Alternate Girlhoods in The Wolves; 5 Jessica Del Vecchio: Feminism on the Field: Tina Satter’s Sports Plays; 6 Kelsey Blair: The Believability of Basketball: The Multiple Bodies of the Female Performer in The Tall Girls; SECTION THREE: Staged Combat Section preface: Danielle Rosvally: Stage Combats: Expectations, Illusions, and Quiescent Danger; 7 Solomon Lennox: Staging the Boxing Ring as Heterotopia in Marco Ramirez’s The Royale; 8 Zachary Price: Bruce Lee’s Dancing Fight: David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu on Stage; 9 Kalle Westerling: Between Power Bombs and Death Drops: Interpellation and Identity in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Queer Indie Wrestling; SECTION FOUR: Sports Equipment Section preface: Rachel Hann: Sportswear Performs; 10 Sean Metzger: Theatricality of the Locker Room, or Staging the Naked Jock; 11 Michelle Liu Carriger: ‘Cheering Ain’t For Show, Y’all’: Cheerleaders, Performative Uniforms, and Theatre Affect; AFTERWORD Broderick Chow & Eero Laine: Afterword: Theatre, Sports, and Value
Eero Laine is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Broderick Chow is Reader in Theatre, Performance and Sport and Deputy Dean (Interim) of the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London.