Carol Martin: Theatre of the Real (Studies in International Performance), November 27, 2012
Carol Martin: Theatre of the Real (Studies in International Performance), Palgrave Macmillan , November 27, 2012.
Pages 6-9 on Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife about Charlotte von Malsdorf, born male, who publicly donned a dress in the face of both Nazism and Communism and preserved a Weimar cabaret in her basement.
Pages 34-38 include a discussion and analysis of Jonathan Ned Katz's Coming Out! A Documentary Play about Gay and Lesbian Life and Liberation.
'In Theatre of the Real, Carol Martin addresses a perennial problem in the medium of theatre: its access to, reliance on, and use, representation, and betrayal of the real. Eschewing a merely generic argument, Martin moves beyond the terminology of "documentary" or "verbatim" theatre to analyze the complex ways performance invokes contemporary politics, biography and autobiography, historical events and personal memory. Richly positioned in the history of modern theatre, ranging across four decades of performance, The Theatre of the Real suggestively explores an essential dimension of the contemporary stage.' - W. B. Worthen, Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA
"The book provides an ideal conceptual framework within which to view and understand a variety of performances that have erupted in Egypt since the dawn of the so-called Arab Spring. Martin's profound, insightful and lucid investigation of the elusiveness of truth in relation to the staging of 'reality' makes it a must read for artists/activists in the Arab world and similarly beleaguered countries and for anyone, anywhere, who still believes in the political potency of theatre.' - Nehad Selaih, Professor of Drama and Criticism, Cairo Academy of Arts, Egypt
"In Theatre of the Real, Carol Martin reopens a question as old as theatre itself - she calls it "ontoglogical theatre doubt" - and puts the multifarious styles of "reality" performance since the 1960s, from opening of veins in protest to closing of doors in housing-bubble foreclosure, to the cogent test of critical truth-telling.' - Joesph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater and English, Yale University, USA
About the Author
CAROL MARTIN is an Associate Professor of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.