Alan P. Barr has brought together eleven world-class modern plays by women that show t only their artistry but also their variety and their passion. Drawn from nine different countries (other than the United States and England) that use English as their literary language, the plays reflect the concerns of women across the globe. The imagery and dramatic conventions may shift and the tones vary, but the need to be strong (and its difficulty), the sense of a world that is anything but nurturing or ideal, and the suspect nature of family life and relations are constant themes. The struggle over language, in countries that are very often ex-colonies, conveys the frequent overlap between feminist and postcolonial focuses. The diversity of Englishes on stages from Singapore to South Africa is a lovely curtain call to this theater festival.
The Editor: Alan P. Barr received his doctorate from the University of Rochester in 1964 and has been teaching and writing about modern drama, Victorian literature, and film ever since. He is the author of Victorian Stage Pulpiteer: Bernard Shaw's Crusade (1974), and editor of Major Prose of Thomas Henry Huxley (1997), Thomas Henry Huxley's Place in Science and Letters: Centenary Essays (1997), and Modern Women Playwrights of Europe (2001), Barr has also published a number of articles in major journals, most recently on Dickens's David Copperfield. He is a professor in the English department and a member of the women's studies faculty at Indiana University Northwest.