Member News - Fall 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ruthie Abeliovich (University of Haifa, Israel) published Possessed Voices: Aural Remains from Modernist Hebrew Theatre with SUNY Press. Possessed Voices analyzes audio recordings of interwar Hebrew plays, providing a new model for the use of sound in theater studies. This book tells the intriguing story of a largely unknown collection of audio recordings, a valuable tool for understanding historical theater, which preserves performances of modernist interwar Hebrew plays. Abeliovich focuses on sound recordings to trace the spoken language of modernist Hebrew theater as grounded in multiple modalities of expressive practices including spoken Hebrew and Jewish liturgical sensibilities (supplemented by Yiddish intonation and other vernacular accents). The book shows how these performances provided Jewish immigrants from Europe with a venue for lamenting the decline of their home communities and for connecting their memories to the present. Analyzing sonic material against the backdrop of its artistic, cultural, and ideological contexts, Abeliovich develops a critical framework for the study of sound as a discipline in its own right in theater scholarship.
Organized and led by ASTR members Matt Buckley and Carolyn Williams, members Jim Davis, Amy Hughes, David Mayer, Dan Novak, and Sharon Weltman participated in a conference at Rutgers University called to discuss "Becoming Modern: Melodrama and Culture in Britain and America” on October 25, 2019.
On Oct 11, 2019, Natalie Crohn Schmitt (Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago) published Performing Commedia dell'Arte, 1530-1630 London: Routledge 2020.
Loren Kruger (University of Chicago) published her latest book in November. A Century of South African Theatre (Bloomsbury/Methuen) thoroughly updates and revises her previous book on this subject, A Drama of South Africa (1999), so as to address new developments post-apartheid as well as to engage with new research on the historical record of performance over the last century