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    Animal Acts: Performing Species Today

    edited by Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes

    Featuring work by theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others supplemented with commentary by scholars including Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels, Una Chaudhuri and Holly Hughes’s anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and other issues central to the human project within the discourse of the “post human,” and will appeal to readers interested in solo performance, animal studies, gender studies, performance studies, and environmental studies. 

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    Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism

    by Paige A. McGinley

    Highlighting performances by Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee in small Mississippi towns, Harlem theaters, and the industrial British North, Paige A. McGinley’s pioneering study foregrounds virtuoso blues artists who used the conventions of the theater, including dance, comedy, and costume, to stage black mobility, challenge narratives of racial authenticity, and fight for racial and economic justice.

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    edited by Krystyna Duniec, Joanna Klass, and Joanna Krakowska

    The eleven plays in this anthology confront the complex issues of 20th-and 21st-century Polish reality: war/post-war, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and post-communist life. Named for the production of Krzystztof Warlikowski that ties together major topics, debates, and problems present in the last decade of Polish theater, (A)pollonia also includes thirty-five black and white production photos and a DVD featuring scenes from the original Polish productions. 

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    Black Mountain Songs

    Performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, directed by Maureen Towey and dramaturged by Theater magazine contributing editor Anne Erbe, this choral and visual work brings together the songs of seven contemporary composers to celebrate the utopian, radical artistic and political environment of Black Mountain College during its heyday.


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    Dublin Theater Festival 2014

    If you find yourself in Ireland this fall, check out the lineup for the Dublin Theatre Festival, which runs from September 25 to October 12. The offerings hail from around the world, including productions from Thomas Ostermeier and Richard Maxwell.