114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Drama and Society II

Session Chair: 
Alice Lacey, LaGuardia Community College CUNY
Sierra Madre
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  1. Deana Nichols, Independent Scholar
    “Staging the Scottish Nation: Theatrical Responses to Devolution and Independence” examines the intersection between drama and society in two key moments of Scotland’s recent past: the 1997 devolution referendum, and the 2014 independence referendum. In each of these moments, Scottish theatre-makers created plays and productions which responded directly to the evolving state of their nation.
  2. Judith Saunders, Independent Scholar
    Relevant to a reading of Sarah Kane’s Blasted is that the play lays bare the pathology of a nation when patriotism is interfaced with racism. Concerning Britain, Kane suggests that the dehumanization of the ‘other’ signifies that the return of the colonies to the metropole is a disturbing reminder of the nation’s post imperial impotence
  3. Amy E. Shine, University of California, Irvine
    In shared suffering, the breaking of the theatrical "4th wall" in times of tragedy by comedic performers/hosts to seek relationships with the spectators-turned-shared-experiencers has become the standard, sought by audiences seeking reassurance in troubled times. This paper explores this phenomenon, applying the theatrical critical lenses of Bergson, Brecht, and Debord to the American national tragedies, the Columbine massacre and the attack on the Twin Towers ("9-11"), arguing that comedy is essential following times of such tragedy. 
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