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Theater and Cultural Politics for a New World
An Anthology

Edited By

Chinua Thelwell

ISBN 9781315680989
Published October 14, 2016 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Theater and Cultural Politics for a New World presents a radical re-examination of the ways in which demographic shifts will impact theater and performance culture in the twenty-first century.

Editor Chinua Thelwell brings together the revealing insights of artists, scholars, and organizers to produce a unique intersectional conversation about the transformative potential of theater.

Opening with a case study of the New WORLD Theater and moving on to a fascinating range of essays, the book looks at five main themes:

  • Changing demographics
  • Future aesthetics
  • Making institutional space
  • Critical multiculturalism
  • Polyculturalism

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Editor Acknowledgements.

About the Authors.

Chinua Thelwell. Introduction.

Section One: New WORLD Theater

Elizabeth Mendez Berry. Fertile Ground: How New World Theater Began.

Roberta Uno. Steps Towards a New World.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. "Imagining" and "Restaging" Otherwise: New WORLD Theater, Memory Work, and Multiculturalist Critique."

Gary Y. Okihiro. Third World Studies.

Esther Kim Lee. All the Stage’s a World: The Organization of International, Multicultural, and Global Theater Companies in the U.S.

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez. HOMES at the ends of the WORLD: Repertoires of Access and Agency Out of New WORLD Theater (1979-2009).

Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns. Imagining a "New WORLD": Asian American Women Playwrights Archives in Western Massachusetts.



Section Two: New World Futures: Changing Demographics, Polyculturalism, and Future Aesthetics.

Michael John Garcés. Beyond Demographics: Cornerstone, New WORLD, INTAR and the Theater of the Possible.

James Kass. Life as Primary Text :Youth Speaks Through the New World.

Daniel Banks. Hip-Hop as Pedagogy: The Hip Hop Theater Initiative.

Jasmine Mahmoud. An Uncharted Persistence: Alternative Minoritarian Theater in Austere Chicago.

Will Powers. Whose Space is it Anyway?

Hanay Geiogamah. A Future For American Indian Theater?

Joe Schloss. Culture, Ethnicity and the Inherent Theater of Hip-Hop.

Mark Valdez. The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET).

lê thi diem thúy. Art is A Song of Freedom.

Jeff Chang. "Not A Prophecy, But Description": Rethinking Multiculturalism in the "Post-Racial" Moment.



Bill Rauch. Afterword.

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Chinua Thelwell is an assistant professor of History and Africana Studies at the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on the racial politics of performance in the Atlantic world.