Academic journal article TheatreForum

Editor's Note

Academic journal article TheatreForum

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

A unique feature of this issue of TheatreForum is a casebook on the WoW (Without Walls) Festival presented in the Theatre District of the La Jolla Playhouse and the University of California, San Diego. Editor Jim Carmody has photographed these productions and curated eighteen articles documenting some of them. These include a puppet show on tire beach and in the Pacific Ocean, car plays with audiences of two in the back seat and performers in front, scenes staged for spectators moving up and down in an elevator, a short play in which the spectators become engineers in the University facilities plant, dance performances in found spaces, ambulatory performances, and outdoor performances in response to Chekhov's Platonov and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

In every issue of TheatreForum there are two complete scripts of recent plays that have received professional productions but are not generally available in English. In Truck Stop, by Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott, the audience must piece together what happened to two high school girls at a truck stop near their school. Told in a series of fragments that jump back and forward in time, Truck Stop is both a coming of age story and a psychological mystery. It's also a fascinating snapshot of youth culture in a contemporary Australian landscape where class, race, and ethnicity collide in explosive and unexpected ways. More than anything, though, Truck Stop is a story about telling stories. …

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