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- DescriptionModern theater history is punctuated by instances of scandalized audience members disrupting and in some cases suspending the first production of a new play. Such incidents are usually dismissed as riots, as self-evident displays of philistinism. Neil Blackadder's intriguing new study reveals them in fact to be multifaceted conflicts, showing the ways in which these protesters-acting against plays by such tables as Jarry, Synge, and Brecht-creatively devised and enacted resistance through verbal rejoinders, physical gestures, and organized group demonstrations. Performing Opposition draws on reviews, memoirs, interviews, and court records to present engaging and insightful accounts of these clashes-clashes that Blackadder proposes as a unique and distinct category of event in a time when unprecedentedly restrained rms of auditorium behavior coincided with a regeneration of writing for the stage. Offering the first detailed examination of affronted theatergoers' counter-performances, the volume represents an intriguing illumination of a largely overlooked aspect of performed drama and its history.
- Author BiographyNEIL BLACKADDER is Associate Professor of Theatre at Knox College, where he teaches dramatic literature, theatre history, and dramaturgy. His work has appeared in New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre History Studies, and American Theatre.
- Author(s)Neil Blackadder
- Date of Publication30/11/2003
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Notebibliographical references , index
- Weight517 g
- Width154 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine23 mm
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