Essays in part one of Theatre History Studies, Vol. 35 address theatrical production in very specific historical contexts, among them German theatre “from the rubble of Berlin” and German nationalist mass spectacles. Essays in part two are devoted to the theme of “Rethinking the Maternal” in contemporary and historical theatre. Also included is the Robert A. Schanke Award-winning essay “Whispers from a Silent Past: Inspiration and Memory in Natasha Tretheway’s Native Guard,” a keynote essay by Irma Mayorga, and eighteen reviews of new book publications of note.
Theatre History Studies, published since 1981 by the Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC) is a leading scholarly publication in the field of theatrical history and theory. The conference encompasses the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The purpose of the conference is to unite persons and organizations within the region with an interest in theatre and to promote the growth and development of all forms of theatre.
A peer-reviewed journal of theatre history and scholarship published annually since 1981 by the Mid-American Theatre Conference.
Theatre History Studies is devoted to research in all areas of theatre studies, with special interest in archival research, historical documentation, and historiography. Many issues feature a special section curated around a special theme or topic; for 2017 that special section focus on histories of new writing for the theatre.
Featured in THEATRE HISTORY STUDIES 2017, VOLUME 36
“Resisting Arlecchino’s Mask: The Case of Marcello Moretti” by Gabrielle Houle
“Making Space for Performance: Theatrical-Architectural Nationalism in Postindependence Ghana” by David Afriyie Donkor
“Preparing Boys for War: J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan Enlists in World War I’s ‘Great Adventure’” by Laura Ferdinand Feldmeyer
“Not Just Rock ‘n’ Roll: Chicago Theatre, 1984–1990” by Julie Jackson
“New Writing and Theatre History” by Sara Freeman
“New Plays in New Tongues: Bilingualism and Immigration at the New Italian Theatre in France” by Matthew McMahan
“The Waterloo Summer of the Prince of Wales’s Theatre: New Writing, Old Friends, and Early Realism in the Victorian Theatre” by Shannon Epplett
“Chekhov’s Three Sisters: A Proto-Poststructuralist Experiment” by Sarah Wyman
“Historicizing Shakesfear and Translating Shakespeare Anew” by Lezlie C. Cross
“A New Noble Kinsmen: The Play On! Project and Making New Plays Out of Old” by Martine Kei Green-Rogers and Alex N. Vermillion
“Making New Theatre Together: The First Writers’ Group at the Royal Court Theatre and Its Legacy Within the Young Writers’ Programme” by Nicholas Holden
“New Writing in a Populist Context: A Play,a Pie, and a Pint” by Deana Nichols
“American Playwriting and the Now New” by Todd London
The Robert A. Schanke Award-Winning Essay: “Black Folk’s Theatre to Black Lives Matter: The Black Revolution on Campus” by La Donna L. Forsgren