Katie N. Johnson (Miami University) has received an NEH Summer Stipend to complete her third book, a monograph that charts a fresh account of one of the most vital moments of U.S. culture. Racing the Great White Way: a Counter History of 20th-Century Broadway shows that during a time when U.S. culture was profoundly segregated, the theatre was a site of interracial collaboration. Diverse theatre artists were integrating not only theatrical spaces, but also shaping aesthetics and cultural discourse. Racing the Great White Way shows how theatre (and, by extension, cultural practice) was changed by playwrights such as Eugene O’Neill, as these dramas were "raced" by actors of color, moved to alternate venues, and altered through performance choices and dramaturgical pairings.
Hillary Miller (Queens College, CUNY) announces the publication ofPlaywrights on Television: Conversation with Dramatists (Routledge, 2020), which features eighteen interviews with dramatic writers reflecting on the successes and challenges of the post-network television era. She also announces Side by Side: Collaborative Artistic Practices in the United States, 1960s-1980s, Volume 3 of the Walker Art Center’s Living Collections Catalogue, co-edited by Gwyneth Shanks and Allie Tepper. Side by Side presents newly commissioned texts tracing a rich period of experimentation with forms of radical collectivity and political mobilization, including Hillary’s essay on Mabou Mines and Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament.
Elyse Singer(The Graduate Center, CUNY) received the 2020 SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize for her essay “Strike a Pose: Performing Gestures of the Madwoman in Early Cinema." She will be a 2020-21 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library.
Gabriel Varghese is pleased to announce his new book, Palestinian Theatre in the West Bank: Our Human Faces, is now available. The book explores the histories of five major theatre companies currently working the West Bank, Palestine, foregrounding Palestinian voices and placing theories of abjection and counterpublic formation in conversation with each other. It is the first major account of Palestinian theatre covering the last three decades.
Barry Witham (professor emeritus, Washington) is pleased to announce the publication of his recent book, "From Red-Baiting to Blacklisting: The Labor Plays of Manny Fried," in the Theatre in the Americas series from Southern Illinois University Press.