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Catholic Performance CFP / ATHE July 24-27, 2014
full name / name of organization:
Roy Brooks / ATHE (Association of Theatre in Higher Education)
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
From performances as diverse as Sister Act, Altar Boyz, and John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt to the current Broadway production of Colm Tóibín’s Testament of Mary, Catholic theatre has dared to resist and dreamed to reimagine the role of faith and belief for today’s audiences. At times resisting the dogmatic and doctrinaire positions of the Catholic Church while at other points offering faithful refuge for the weary soul, the scholarship on contemporary Catholic theatre itself has proven a desert, with very little recently in the way of scholarship (excepting Kevin Wetmore’s 2010 Catholic Theatre and Drama: Critical Essays).
This panel will highlight the ways in which 20th and 21st century theatre and performance have confronted questions on sexuality, justice, and civil and health rights all in light of the traditions, teachings, and trappings of the Catholic Church. We especially welcome papers that examine important contributions to the landscape of American drama / performance studies, while keeping the definition of “America” open to the northern and southern hemispheres. A myriad of topic exploration is welcome - from performance art, ritual, and activist protest to traditional drama.
Other potential topics may include:
While we encourage theoretical application, papers that are historical in nature are also welcome. This panel will be sponsored by the Religion and Theatre Focus Group.
Please send your title and abstract (200-300 words) as a word document along with a brief bio and institution of affiliation by October 28, 2013 to BOTH Alex Cahill (LAI522@mail.missouri.edu) and Roy Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your submission!