Volume 21 of Theatre Symposium presents essays that explore the intricate and vital relationships between theatre, religion, and ritual.
Whether or not theatre arose from ritual and/or religion, from prehistory to the present there have been clear and vital connections among the three. Ritual, Religion, and Theatre, volume 21 of the annual journal Theatre Symposium, presents a series of essays that explore the intricate and vital relationships that exist, historically and today, between these various modes of expression and performance.
The essays in this volume discuss the stage presence of the spiritual meme; ritual performance and spirituality in The Living Theatre; theatricality, themes, and theology in James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones; Jordan Harrison’s Act a Lady and the ritual of queerness; Gerpla and national identity in Iceland; confession in Hamlet and Measure for Measure; Christian liturgical drama; Muslim theatre and performance; cave rituals and the Brain’s Theatre; and other, more general issues.
Edited by E. Bert Wallace, this latest publication by the largest regional theatre organization in the United States collects the most current scholarship on theatre history and theory.
CONTRIBUTORS Cohen Ambrose / David Callaghan / Gregory S. Carr Matt DiCintio / William Doan / Tom F. Driver / Steve Earnest Jennifer Flaherty / Charles A. Gillespie / Thomas L. King Justin Kosec / Mark Pizzato / Kate Stratton
Keynote Address: “The Blessed Assurance of Perhaps” - Tom F. Driver
Transferring Belief: The Stage Presence of the Spiritual Meme - Cohen Ambrose
Ritual Performance and Spirituality in the Work of The Living Theatre, Past and Present - David Callaghan
Top Brass: Theatricality, Themes, and Theology in James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones - Gregory S. Carr
Pretty’s Got Me All Bent Out of Shape: Jordan Harrison’s Act a Lady and the Ritual of Queerness - Matt DiCintio
Clash with the Vikings: Gerpla and the Struggle for National Identity in Iceland - Steve Earne
Heaven and Earth: Confession as Performance in Hamlet and Measure for Measure - Jennifer Flaherty
Treasure in Clay Jars: Christian Liturgical Dramain Theory and Praxis - Charles A. Gillespie, Justin Kosec, and Kate Stratton
Between Piety and Sacrilege: Muslim Theatre and Performance - Thomas King
Cave Rituals and the Brain’s Theatre - Mark Pizzato
Excerpts from “The Book of My Awkward Perspective” - William Doan
E. Bert Wallace is an associate professor of theatre and the codirector of the Honors Program at Campbell University.