CFP: Critical Essays on the Plays of Lynn Riggs (10/17/05; collection)

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"Just Outside the Rush of Light": Critical Essays on the Plays of Lynn Riggs


Editor: W. Douglas Powers

Contributors are sought for a volume of new essays on the plays of dramatist
Lynn Riggs to be submitted to McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Gay
Cherokee writer and Oklahoma native Lynn Riggs (1899-1954) is best known for
his play Green Grow the Lilacs, the source of Rodgers and Hammerstein's


The proposed title of the monograph, "Just outside the rush of light," comes
from a line in a letter by Riggs explaining the lives of pre-statehood
Oklahoma territory folk who dwell on the periphery of the United States; the
description might also define Riggs himself as a person of Native American
descent and as a closeted gay man of the first half of the twentieth
century. The title also implies Riggs' status as a forgotten architect of
the American theatre as the first American Indian to have a play produced on
Broadway, and of the modern musical theatre, as his most acclaimed play, the
Pulitzer Prize-nominated Green Grow the Lilacs, served as the blueprint for
its construction.


Scholarly essays from a wide rage of theoretical and literary perspectives
are sought on eleven of Riggs' plays:


Knives from Syria

Big Lake

Sump'n Like Wings

A Lantern to See By


Green Grow the Lilacs (two or three essays)

The Cherokee Night (two or three essays)

Russet Mantle

A World Elsewhere

The Cream in the Well

The Dark Encounter


Potential contributors should send CVs and a 100-word abstract to:

Dr. W. Douglas Powers

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Department of Communications and Theatre

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 17870

        (570) 372-4522


        FAX: (570) 372-2757


Deadline for completed essays: October 17, 2005.


Manuscripts, a maximum of twenty-five typewritten pages in length, should be
in MLA style, and may be sent as MAC-friendly email attachments.
Manuscripts may also be sent on disk, in conjunction with a hard copy and a
paragraph-length author biography.

Contributors will receive a copy of the volume upon its publication.

W. Douglas Powers MA, MFA, PhD
Member, Actors' Equity Association
Member, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 17870
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