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Flash and Crash Days : Brazilian Theater in the Post-Dictatorship Period (Latin American Studies)

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Flash and Crash Days : Brazilian Theater in the Post-Dictatorship Period (Latin American Studies)

Flash And Crash Days:
Brazilian Theater In The
Post-Dictatorship Period

by David Sanderson George

Flash and Crash Days: Brazilian Theater in the Post-Dictatorship Period deals with the theater produced in Brazil during the 1980s and 1990s, especially postmodernist directors, women playwrights, and theater companies. It attempts to answer the following questions: Did the thriving stage of the 1950s and 60s wither during the reign of terror in the early 1970s, unleashed in the wake of the 1968 state of siege declared by the generals? Flash and Crash Days examines how the absence of censorship, on the one hand, and the exigencies of protest and ideological purity on the other, have given rise to a variety of theatrical modes which Brazil has never experienced in the past, allowing all voices the opportunity to be heard in the marketplace of artistic ideas. --book description

Tentative Transgressions: Homosexuality,
 AIDS, and the Theater in Brazil

by Severino J. Albuquerque

"Albuquerque’s work . . . provides an archaeology of theatrical representations of homosexuality in Brazil, an alternative history of Brazilian theater from the margins, a critical analysis of canonical and non-canonical plays infused with the insights of feminist and queer theory, as well as a history of the representation of AIDS in Brazilian culture."—Fernando Arenas, University of Minnesota

"Albuquerque has produced a first-rate analysis of the presentations (and absences) of images of homosexualities in twentieth-century Brazilian theater."—James Green

Games for Actors and Non-Actors 2nd Edition

Games For Actors And Non-Actors
by Augusto Boal

'This is an inspiring and powerful book, a lucid account that will be of substantial use to people already using Theatre of the Oppressed. It should also act as an excellent introduction for those new to the system.' - Artscene.

This is a useful handbook for those who want to explore Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' and as such is greatly to be welcomed. Boals' work deserves and demands emulation.' - Theatre Research International.

'You have achieved what Brecht only dreamt of and wrote about: making a useful theatre that is entertaining, fun, and instructive. It is a different kind of theatre - a kind of social focuses the mind, relaxes the spirit, and gives people a new handle on their situations.' - Richard Schechner.

Hamlet and the Baker's Son (Augusto Boal's Memoirs)

Hamlet And The Baker's Son:
My Life In Theatre And Politics

by Augusto Boal

Hamlet and the Baker's Son is written with a spirit of generosity and sincere affection for Brazil and its theatre. The intense vitality and shrewd accuracy of observation of the human condition that are Boal's trademarks shine through and reward the reader with a deeper understanding of one of the most influential theatre innovators of our time.
–J. Lucinda Kidder, Theatre Journal


Legislative Theatre

Legislative Theatre:
Using Performance To Make Politics

by Augusto Boal

Boal is a Brazilian activist who has devoted his career to effecting social change through theater. This book is an account of his most recent efforts, especially during his term as a legislator. Growing out of his Theatre of the Oppressed, an international theater movement giving artistic and social voice to the otherwise voiceless, Legislative Theatre is an interactive dramaturgy. Working locally, Boal gets citizens to articulate their concerns by developing plays that are then presented locally and to larger audiences. The consequence of performance is a theatrical response from the audience, the re-actor. The discussion that follows can lead to proposed legislation addressing the concerns that generated the play in the first place. According to the author, this forms a social bond, causes discussion, and results in action. His book is also interactive, seeking responses from readers to help produce a finished work. This loosely organized how-to is filled out with speeches, articles, plays, and anecdotes. Recommended for theater history and theory collections. --Thomas E. Luddy

The Rainbow of Desire

The Rainbow Of Desire: The Boal
Method Of Theatre And Therapy

by Augusto Boal

The Rainbow of Desire is Augusto Boal's bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of theatre to liberate individuals and change lives. Now translated into English and fully and comprehensively updated from the French, this books sets out the techniques which help us ``see' for the first time the oppressions we have internalized.
Boal, a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician, has been confronting oppression in various forms for over thirty years. His belief that theatre is a means to create the future rather than passively wait for it has inspired hundreds of groups from all over the world to use his techniques in a multitude of settings. This, his latest work, includes such exercises as: The cops in the Head and Their Anti-Bodies, The Screen-Image, The Image of the Future we are Afraid of and
Image and Counter-Image. --book description

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre Of The Oppressed
by Augusto Boal

Is the fundamental relationship between an actor and an audience an equal and active one, or is it a situation that encourages passivity and division? This is the question at the heart of Augusto Boal's revolutionary Theatre of the Oppressed, originally published in 1979. Boal, a Brazilian artist and activist, has written a work that challenges the very premise of Western theater, starting with Aristotle and the first dramatists, and explores what social constructs lie behind the traditional theater form. Then, having explained such often invoked (but rarely scrutinized) terms as imitation, tragedy, and justice, he puts forward a new type of drama that bridges the long-existing gap between theater and politics. Central to his thesis is an attempt to bring spectators into an active role with the drama, encouraging them to comment on the social situations they see presented and suggest potentials for change. Other chapters explore the writings of Hegel and Brecht, along with a lengthy analysis of one of the most profound political thinkers to ever pen a play, Machiavelli and his bitter comedy Mandragola. Boal's book is a challenging one for American actors often politically naive and heavily schooled in the traditions of Stanislavsky-based "naturalism," but this text is vital reading for activists, progressives, and all artists trying to effect social change. --John Longenbaugh

Playing Boal

Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism
by Mady Schutzman

This marvelous collection of material, assembled and arranged by Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman, truly goes from the entry level--sort of Basic Boal--to extremely interesting practical applications that are very useful. It also addresses with great vigour the broader political and social questions raised by Boal's work. This collection is urgently welcome. –Douglas L. Paterson


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