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Acts of Intervention examines the ways that gay men have used theatre and performance to intervene in the AIDS crisis. It discusses dramatic texts and public performances--from cabarets and candlelight vigils to full-scale Broadway productions such as Angels in America and Rent--that have shaped, and been shaped by, the history of AIDS in national, regional, and local contexts. Román examines mainstream as well as alternative and activist forms of theatre, including solo performance, community-based projects, mixed-media events, activist demonstrations, and AIDS educational theatre initiatives.

Acts of Intervention traces the ways in which performance and theater have participated in and informed the larger cultural politics of race, sexuality, citizenship, and AIDS in the United States during the last fifteen years. The book discusses not only how the theater has provided a forum for gay male response to the epidemic but also the degree to which those responses have in turn shaped the ideological formulation of AIDS. Román offers a new method for mapping the relation between AIDS and representation by combining interpretive strategies from performance theory, gay and lesbian studies, critical race discourse, and cultural studies.

This book is dedicated to writing the history of theatrical interventions in the AIDS epidemic, including performances whose official history has been largely neglected or forgotten. Because many early performances about AIDS left little or no documentation, the task of constructing an AIDS theatre historiography confronts immediate problems and limitations.

Acts of Intervention argues that the history of AIDS performance is located at the juncture of memory and disappearance, of mourning and survival, of representation and its impossibility in the context of epidemic loss.

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From cabarets and candlelight vigils to full-scale Broadway productions such as Angels in America and Rent, over the past fifteen years public performances and dramatic texts have shaped, and been shaped by, the history of AIDS. Author David Roman examines the ways that gay men have used alternative, activist, and mainstream theatre and performance to intervene in the AIDS crisis. He considers solo performance, community-based projects, mixed-media events, activist demonstrations, and AIDS education theatre initiatives.

Synopsis:

This volume examines the ways gay men have used theatre and performance to intervene in the AIDS crisis. It discusses dramatic texts and public performances--from cabarets and candlelight vigils to full-scale Broadway productions such as Angels in America and Rent--that have shaped, and been shaped by, the history of AIDS in national, regional, and local contexts.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-333) and index.

About the Author

David RomÁn is Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253211682
Author:
Roman, David
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
AIDS & HIV
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
American drama
Subject:
Aids
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) in literature.
Subject:
Gay actors -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Gay actors
Subject:
Theater -- United States -- History.
Subject:
American drama -- 20th century.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Theater - General
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Unnatural Acts: Theorizing the Performative
Series Volume:
1013
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 bandw photos, 2 figures
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.07 x 6.07 x 0.95 in

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From cabarets and candlelight vigils to full-scale Broadway productions such as Angels in America and Rent, over the past fifteen years public performances and dramatic texts have shaped, and been shaped by, the history of AIDS. Author David Roman examines the ways that gay men have used alternative, activist, and mainstream theatre and performance to intervene in the AIDS crisis. He considers solo performance, community-based projects, mixed-media events, activist demonstrations, and AIDS education theatre initiatives.
"Synopsis" by , This volume examines the ways gay men have used theatre and performance to intervene in the AIDS crisis. It discusses dramatic texts and public performances--from cabarets and candlelight vigils to full-scale Broadway productions such as Angels in America and Rent--that have shaped, and been shaped by, the history of AIDS in national, regional, and local contexts.
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