Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Spring 2010

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American Theatre and Drama Society
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The Publications Committee of the American Theatre and Drama Society invites submissions for the Spring 2010 issue of The Journal of American Drama and Theatre which it is guest editing. You do not need to be a member of the Society to submit an article, but submissions from the membership are particularly encouraged. (For more information about the American Theatre and Drama Society, see

The aim of The Journal of American Drama and Theatre is "to promote research on theatre of the Americas and to encourage historical and theoretical approaches to plays, playwrights, performances, and popular theatre traditions." For the Spring 2010 issue, we invite colleagues to explore comedy, spectacle, and theatrical diversions, both in the United States and Latin America. This fall, Broadway audiences will see eagerly awaited revivals of Bye Bye Birdie and Finian's Rainbow, alongside new stagings of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. Will this model be reflected around the Americas? Why do comedy and light entertainments remain resilient? How do we account for the popularity of these forms? An 1858 commentator in the Boston Courier argued, "What we want in our busy, bustling, hurried city life is such relaxation as will smooth the brow and lighten the spirit. . . . He who goes to an evening place of entertainment after a day of mental toil, desires not an additional entanglement of brain, but perfect and entire relief." Over 150 years later, does this sentiment still dominate audiences' theatrical preferences? When certain forms (such as tragedy or satire) fall out of fashion, what accounts for those trends? How have playwrights, producers, and performers responded when audiences have demonstrated clear preferences for "perfect and entire relief" rather than emotional catharsis or calls to social or political action? How have these cycles shaped the development of American theatre?

Manuscripts (5000-6000 words) should be prepared in conformity with The Chicago Manual of Style, using footnotes rather than endnotes. Articles should be submitted as e-mail attachments, using Microsoft Word format. Please note that all correspondence will be conducted by e-mail. Submissions must be received no later than December 1, 2009; please email articles to Mark Cosdon,

Authors will be notified about the status of their submissions during the week of December 28. The final manuscript revisions of accepted submissions (complete with rights, permissions for images, etc.) must be received by the Publications Committee no later than February 22, 2010.

ATDS Publications Committee:

Robin Bernstein
Dorothy Chansky
Mark Cosdon, Chair
Harley Erdman
Anne Fletcher
Michelle Granshaw
Kim Marra
Peter Reed
Ilka Saal
Sarah Stevenson
Bob Vorlicky
Barry Witham