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Articles from No. 35, 2009

ART AND MORALITY: The Plays of Igor Bauersima and Réjane Desvignes
Swiss authors Igor Bauersima and Réjane Desvignes have been collaborating on works for theatre and film since the late 1990s. In a series of coauthored plays from 2001-03, which includes Tattoo, they explored the questions of what constitutes art and...
Dispatch from the Pleasure Dome Hive Link: Introduction to Silence & Darkness, a Live Movie for the Cell Phone Age
Welcome my sonWelcome to the machineWhat did you dream?It's alrightWe told you what to dreamRoger WatersAs a writer, director, and projection designer in this age of increasingly distanced and mediated entertainment, I am committed to production as a...
Imag/ing Theatre in Wajdi Mouawad's Seuls
Wajdi Mouawad's political, often epic, theatre leaves a searing impression on audiences. His intimate performance Seuls, which premiered in March 2008, is his semi-fictional reflection on leaving Lebanon as a child during the 1970s civil war.1 In Seuls,...
KRZYSZTOF WARLIKOWSKI: Theatre as a Collective (Auto) Therapy
Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski (born 1962) defines theatre as "a real group therapy, a positive-or negative-discharge of fears and tensions, of all that we normally don't verbalize in our everyday work, in our scientific and political statements,...
Mark Ravenhill's Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat: A Treasure Hunt in London
Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat is a series of short plays by the acclaimed British playwright Mark Ravenhill (b. 1966), author of texts such as Shopping and Fucking (1996), Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) and The Cut (2006). Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat opened...
Safe Savage: Maori and Malayali Martial Dance Theatre
During the 1997 Edinburgh Festival, I saw my first live war dance-of a kind! It was performed by Maori performance artist Mika as part of his Mika and the Uhuras, which ran in the Assembly Theatre from 3 August to 1 September. Mika was wearing a lycra...
SILENCE & DARKNESS: A Live Movie for the Cell Phone Age
CHARACTERSMen in business suits with cell phones:ALPHABETADELTAGAMMAWomen in tattered, cybernetic prom dresses:ZETAPATTIPAGETwo decrepit exhibit automata, resembling mechanical waxworks:ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (may be played by a lip-synched dummy)THOMAS...
Tattoo
BY IGOR BAUERSIMA & RÉJANE DESVIGNESTRANSLATED FROM GERMAN BY NEIL BLACKADDER1.FRED AND LEAA one bedroom apartment, furnished haphazardly. On the left a small dining table and an improvised kitchen. On the right a sleeping-area. In the middle a small...
Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans
A car-crash encounter with Euripides' Trojan WomenCHARACTERS:The Trojans:Actor 1: HECUBA. Queen of Trojans, widow of Priam.Actor 2: POLLY X. Hecuba's youngest daughter, age 15.Actor 3: CASSANDRA. Hecuba's prescient daughter. Late teens.Actor 4: ANDROMACHE....
Writ of Habeas Corpus: Christine Evans's Trojan Barbie
Christine Evans' work is attracting attention wherever it is seen, and her influence as a strong and insistent voice in new playwriting is growing exponentially. Her plays never leave you alone. Once seen (or even read) their hold on an awakened imagination...
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