edited by Becky K. Becker
contributions by Edward Bert Wallace, Karen Berman, Chase Bringardner, Daniel Ciba, Anita Gonzalez, Deborah Kinghorn, Sunny Stalter-Pace and Erica Tobolski
introduction by Becky K. Becker
University of Alabama Press, 2017
Paper: 978-0-8173-7012-1 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-9159-1
Library of Congress Classification PN2041.G56
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.01

Addresses the ways that theatre both shapes cross-cultural dialogue and is itself, in turn, shaped by those forces.

Globalization may strike many as a phenomenon of our own historical moment, but it is truly as old as civilization: we need only look to the ancient Silk Road linking the Far East to the Mediterranean in order to find some of the earliest recorded impacts of people and goods crossing borders. Yet, in the current cultural moment, tensions are high due to increased migration, economic unpredictability, complicated acts of local and global terror, and heightened political divisions all over the world.
Thus globalization seems new and a threat to our ways of life, to our nations, and to our cultures. In what ways have theatre practitioners, educators, and scholars worked to support cross-cultural dialogue historically? And in what ways might theatre embrace the complexities and contradictions inherent in any meaningful exchange? The essays in Theatre Symposium, Volume 25 reflect on these questions.

Featured in Theatre Symposium, Volume 25
  • “Theatre as Cultural Exchange: Stages and Studios of Learning” by Anita Gonzalez
  • “Certain Kinds of Dances Used among Them: An Initial Inquiry into Colonial Spanish Encounters with the Areytos of the Taíno in Puerto Rico” by E. Bert Wallace
  • “Gertrude Hoffmann’s Lawful Piracy: ‘A Vision of Salome’ and the Russian Season as Transatlantic Production Impersonations” by Sunny Stalter-Pace
  • “Greasing the Global: Princess Lotus Blossom and the Fabrication of the ‘Orient’ to Pitch Products in the American Medicine Show” by Chase Bringardner
  • “Dismembering Tennessee Williams: The Global Context of Lee Breuer’s A Streetcar Named Desire by Daniel Ciba
  • “Transformative Cross-Cultural Dialogue in Prague: Americans Creating Czech History Plays” by Karen Berman
  • “Finding Common Ground: Lessac Training across Cultures” by Erica Tobolski and Deborah A. Kinghorn