By Carol Martin

This paintings is a special selection of key articles on feminist theatre and function shape The Drama assessment (TDR). Carol Martin juxtaposes idea and perform to supply a very finished evaluate of the improvement of feminist theatre. This awesome assortment contains key texts via theorists comparable to Elin Diamond, Peggy Phelan and Lynda Hart and interviews with practitioners together with Anna Deveare Smith and Robbie McCauley. It additionally includes complete performances texts by way of of the main influential and debatable practiitioners of feminist theatre: Dress fits to Hire by means of Holly Hughes and The consistent kingdom of Desire via Karen Finley. A Sourcebook on Feminist Theatre and Performance is a vital buy for college students of theatre reviews, functionality reports and women's theatre.

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Calling the form “Stories from Our Lives,” the members translate stories into theatrical terms but leave the story intact. ” The Women’s Unit, a group that began working at Bard College, uses personal material but casts it into the form of testimonials, scenes, songs, and stories. The New York Feminist Theatre, however, works entirely from a script without the improvisational methods of the other groups. The playwright and director are members of the group. 31 32 CHARLOTTE REA The goals of these groups can be reach women by doing theatre.

This piece predicts some of the issues on which she came to focus in her important book, Unmarked18 Phelan proposes a distinction between “reading” and “seeing” that works across different levels of language and culture. She brackets the register of sight, explicating Yvonne Rainer’s film The Man INTRODUCTORY ESSAY: FATHOM LANGUAGES Who Envied Women, and studying performances by Angelika Festa, in which seeing and reading are foregrounded and refocused. Phelan points out that “Festa’s work is allied with much postmodern performance art in that its primary interest comes from the discourse it promotes after the fact, rather than from the immediacy of the image it creates when it is ‘presented’”.

Sklar said: I know so many women who say when they first saw It’s All Right To Be a Woman Theatre four years ago that it changed their lives. ” They mean they changed their jobs or got into consciousnessraising groups—concrete things. I don’t know any man who says his life changed after he saw It’s All Right. The Women’s Unit performed for groups of women in prisons, and found the responses to be positive and enthusiastic.

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