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620. Performance, Histories, Access

Monday, 5 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Berkeley, Sheraton

Program arranged by the American Theatre and Drama Society

Presiding: Peter Reed, Univ. of Mississippi

1. "The Cambridge Poets' Theater in the 1950s," Heidi R. Bean, Bridgewater State Univ.

2. "James Baldwin's Dramatic Majorities," Margaret Hunt Gram, Harvard Univ.

3. "The Lost (and Found) Diary of Harry Watkins: A New Perspective on Antebellum American Theater Culture," Amy E. Hughes, Brooklyn Coll., City Univ. of New York

4. "Melodramatic Access and the Staging of John Brown," Laura Lynn Mielke, Univ. of Kansas


Subject:

  • General Literature – Drama

Author Comment
Subject: Drama
In general, those of us who are focused on drama, theatre in general, plays and playwrights in specific had the opportunity to attend a number of sessions addressing those subjects-- Unhappily they all were competing for attendance at the same time! E.g., On Thursday: Pinter, Brecht or Beckett—How do you choose? All would be extremely valuable. On Friday: Kafka or O’Neill? What is the Kafka “factor”? On Saturday: Pirandello, Medieval Literature, or Claudel? Ovid or Shakespeare? Marlowe or Dickens? Performance Histories, and so on. If all such grouped (to my mind anyway) compete in time we have to sacrifice a complete shared experience with all of the presenters, their topics, and all of us who have shared interests.
Is there not a way to structure sessions by discipline so that most of the sessions can be attended by those interested in that discipline? I don’t know. Perhaps titles like Theatre, or American Literature of the 20th Century, British Literature, The Drama of Asia, Theory and Criticism, Erotica, Women, Shakespeare, African or African American Literature, whatever. I am aware I may not be the first person to write this, but if so I strongly add my name to those who have.
Thanks.
John Camera

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