Between Poetry and Performance
Drama: Between Poetry and Performance discusses major plays, drawing on examples from playwrights including Shakespeare, Ibsen, Beckett, and Parks, and asks how they offer a critical perspective on the drama s relation to books, to the process of embodiment, and to the mapping of space in the theatre.
Preface: Drama, Poetry, and Performance.
Introduction: Between Poetry and Performance.
i. Shakespeare 3.0.
ii. Images of Writing/Metaphors of Performance.
Dramatic tools, performance technologies.
iii. Agencies of Drama: Burke, Poetry, and Performance.
Writing as agency: `Antony in Behalf of the Play`.
1. From Poetry to Performance.
i. Dramatic Performance and its Discontents: The New Criticism.
Drama, poetry, and `interpretation`.
`An arrangement of words`.
Acts of speech.
Heresy, responsibility, and performance.
ii. Dramatic Writing and its Discontents: Performance Studies, Drama Studies.
Antigone s bones.
The `theater of acting`.
2. Performing Writing: Hamlet.
i. Hamlet s Book.
Playing the book.
The law of writ.
Speaking by the card.
ii. Corrupt Stuff; or, Doing Things with (Old) Words.
The crux of performance.
iii. `OK, we can skip to the book`: The Wooster Group Hamlet.
Theatrofilm by Electronovision.
(Re)playing Burton, performing Hamlet.
3. Embodying Writing: Ibsen and Parks.
i. Can We Act What We Say?: Rosmersholm.
Acting the role.
Confession, disclosure, detour.
Doing (unspeakable) things with words.
ii. Footnoting Performance: The America Play and Venus.
A wink to Mr. Lincolns pasteboard cutout.
Diggidy diggidy diggidy dawg.
4. Writing Space: Beckett and Brecht.
i. Quad: Euclidean Dramaturgies.
ii. By Accepting This License.
iii. What Where: Brechtian Technologies.