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Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines: Woman's Work

Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines: Woman's Work

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Constituting the first comprehensive look at Ruth Maleczech's work, Jessica Brater's companion is a landmark study in innovative theatre practice, bringing together biography, critical analysis, and original interviews to establish a portrait of this Obie-award winning theatre artist.

Tracing Maleczech's background, training, and influences, the volume contextualizes her work and the founding of Mabou Mines within the wider landscape of American avant-garde theatre. It considers her performances and productions, revealing both her interest in making ordinary women important onstage, and her predilection for resurrecting extraordinary women from history and finding their resonances within a contemporary theatrical context.

Brater considers Maleczech's investment in redrawing the boundaries of what women are allowed to say, both on stage and off, and shows how her commitment to radical artistic and production risks has reshaped the contours of a contemporary theatrical experience.

Highlights of the volume include discussion of productions such as Mabou Mines' Lear, Dead End Kids, Hajj, Lucia's Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, Red Beads, and La Divina Caricatura, as well as a close look at Maleczech's final work-in-progress, Imagining the Imaginary Invalid.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472578822
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/25/2016
Series: Engage
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jessica Silsby Brater works in the Department of Theatre at Barnard College, New York, USA, and serves as a Teaching Artist at the Marymount School Drama Department in New York City. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based company Polybe + Seats and holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Three Great Teachers and an Unconventional Education
Chapter Two: Ordinary Women
Chapter Three: Extraordinary Women
Chapter Four: Family Drama
Chapter Five: Mothers and Daughters

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