- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume, reviews of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves scholars and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.
Chapter 13: Staging Paradox: The Local Art of Adaptation
Staging Paradox: The Local Art of Adaptation
Over the past half-century, Chicago's diverse theatrical scene has provided a uniquely receptive setting for the work of directors who stage original adaptations of narrative texts, or develop extreme “rewrightings” (Dessen, 2002) of conventional dramas. Even the Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations—Chicago's honors for Equity and non-Equity productions—have recognized the category “New Adaptation” alongside the older classification “New Work.”1 Contributing to Chicago's reputation as a center of theatrical “adaptation” is the tradition of staging “chamber theatre,” begun in 1947 by Robert S. Breen in Northwestern's Interpretation (now Performance Studies) Department. Although no one working professionally in Chicago continues to stage chamber theatre before public audiences, many have learned techniques and approaches—styles of ...