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Final Exam Question:

Judith Butler writes, “gender is a stylized repetition of acts .. which are internally discontinuous … so that the appearance of substance is precisely that — a constructed identity, a performative accomplishment which the mundane social audience, including the actors… Continue Reading →

Week 13 prompt. Due Monday evening April 29th at 8pm.

Read a blog.  Write to your fellow classmate and reflect what you found interesting and generative about that blog.  You don’t have to read or write like an instructor.  Instead, be a generous classmate and try to witness what the… Continue Reading →


Hello all and thanks for a spirited reading of Cloud Nine today. We’ll finish the scene when we meet on Friday afternoon, May3rd at:  29 Garden Street (entrance on Chauncey Street) at 2pm.  We will be finished by 4pm. BEFORE… Continue Reading →

Peng Zhu in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya The short scene I choose is from Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in Act II, before Professor Serebryakov and Yelena Andreevna meet. This actions in my performance piece are not denoted in the script. I, as Serebryakov, wake up in the… Continue Reading →

10 Works Over 5 Years by Black Playwrights. All Intended to Unnerve.

Molly Peterson in Chekhov’s The Seagull

I chose this scene from Chekhov’s The Seagull, slightly adapted into a webcam monologue, because I will be performing in the play as Masha later this semester (very sorry if this is a cop-out). However, I feel like the experience was… Continue Reading →

Week 12 prompt. Due Monday evening April 29th at 8pm.

In “A Problem Like Maria,” Stacy Wolf writes: “Identification is but one mode of engagement with representation. In addition to wanting to be or wanting to have a character, a spectator might simply admire a character; sympathize with her; find… Continue Reading →

Week 11 prompt. Due Monday evening April 22nd @ 8pm.

Where would you mount a production of Waiting for Godot right now?  How would you stage it? Why?

Devonne Pitts in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

The scene we chose to reenact was from Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The first reason we chose this play was because it was easily accessible (I had a copy of the play in my room). We also… Continue Reading →

Week 9 prompt. Due Monday evening April 15th @ 8pm.

In “Enactments of Power,” N’gugi Wa Thiong’o writes: “The state has its arenas of performance; so has the artist. While the state performs power, the power of the artist is solely in performance. Both the state and the artist may… Continue Reading →

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