Play: Ritual, Sacred, Communal
February 12th/Week 3.
Read: Geertz, Clifford. “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight.”
Read: “Time Out of Memory: The Total Drama;” “The Ta’ziyeh of the Martyrdom of Hussein;” “The Origins of the Sunnite-Shiite Divide and the Emergence of the Ta’ziyeh Tradition;” In Chelkowski, Peter J. (ed.). Eternal Performance: Taziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals. pp 1-53. (see link below)
Read: “Acting Styles and Actor Training in Ta’ziyeh.” In Chelkowski, Peter J. (ed.). Eternal Performance: Taziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals. pp 74-94 (see link below)
Read: “Theater of Protest ” 178 – 192 in in Chelkowski, Peter J. (ed.). Eternal Performance: Taziyeh and Other Shiite Rituals. (see link below)
Read: Taziyeh in Motion: The Traveling Culture of Iranian Muharram Theater. https://ajammc.com/2014/11/11/taziyeh-in-motion
Watch (in class) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaL4WzaQ5Ok
Watch (in class) https://vimeo.com/33520093
Watch: Baronnet, J. (1970). Le lion de dieu. S.l.: S.n.] ;. (Professional actors from Tehran, staging a performance of ta’ziyeh plays in the village of Natanz, Iran. The ta’ziyeh plays narrate and relive the martyrdom in 680 of Husayn, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad; they are enacted in Shiʻite communities during the first 10 days of the month of Muharram. Includes interviews with the actors.) https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/mFia4knSjO
February 19th/Week 4.
Read: Sarah Ruhl. Passion Play.
Watch (before class): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-HshIO6nxg
Browse (before class): https://www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de/en/home
Read: Pellegrini, Ann. “Signaling Through the Flames: Hell House Performances and Structures of Religious Feeling.”
Read: Harding, Susan Friend. “Speaking is Believing” in The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics. 33-60.
Watch (in class): Hell House George Ratliff, 2002.
Watch (in class): The Oberammergau Passion Play
Reference: “Devil on My Shoulder,” This American Life, May 24, 2002. https://www.thisamericanlife.org/213/devil-on-my-shoulder