Academic journal article TheatreForum

Editor's Note

Academic journal article TheatreForum

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

This issue of TheatreForum presents four articles that investigate the ways in which theatre gives voice to disenfranchised and invisible populations in communities ranging from China's Shenzhen province to Dallas, Texas. "The Fantastical Reality in Pinkolandia" by Hank Willenbrink explores playwright Andrea Thome's play Pinkolandia, the story of two young sisters whose families fled Chile's Pinochet regime and settled in the United States. Willenbrink looks at how Thome discovers a theatrical language to dramatize the unspoken, unprocessed traumas that exist within refugee families intergenerationally. In "Emma Dante and the Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale," Francesca Spedalieri gives an overview of the work of Emma Dante, one of the major contributors to Italian theatre in the past twenty years. Based in Palermo Sicily, Dante and her company devise theatre pieces with a particular focus on the stories of women living in a culture that can be violent and repressive. In "Filling The Gap: Frances Cowhig Tackles Three Plays About China," Tanya Palmer introduces us to Frances Cowhig, a young Amerasian writer working on a trilogy of plays chronicling life in contemporary China. …

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