Theater and Cultural Politics for a New World: An Anthology

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Chinua Thelwell
Taylor & Francis, Oct 14, 2016 - Performing Arts - 252 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
New WORLD Theater
7
Fertile ground how New WORLD Theater began
9
Steps towards a new world
22
Imagining and restaging otherwise New WORLD Theater memory work and multiculturalist critique
38
Third World studies
47
All the stages a world the organization of international multicultural and global theater companies in the US
60
Homes at the ends of the WORLD repertoires of access and agency out of New WORLD Theater 19792009
73
Life as primary text Youth Speaks through the new world
122
Hip Hop as pedagogy the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative
135
An uncharted persistence alternative minoritarian theater in austere Chicago
152
Whose space is it anyway?
168
A future for American Indian theater?
173
Culture ethnicity and the inherent theater of hiphop
183
We are not alone a community of common values
198
Tear the pages out
210

Imagining a New WORLD Asian American women playwrights archives in western Massachusetts
82
New world futures changing demographics polyculturalism and Future Aesthetics
97
Beyond demographics Cornerstone New WORLD INTAR and the Theater of the Possible
99
Who tells your story? Hamilton Future Aesthetics and Haiti
109
Not a prophecy but description rethinking multiculturalism in the postracial moment
218
Afterword
230
Index
232
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About the author (2016)

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.

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