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Winter 2014 Issue
“Performing Desire” 
Special Issue Guest Edited by 
Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf: 

Cassils, Peggy Shaw, 
Lena Horne, Valerie Solanis, Detroit, Disney, Billy Dolls 
and more...
20 November 2014
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"Performing Desire"

Special Issue Guest Edited by Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf 


Performance on the Eve of Negro Spring 

by taisha paggett 


Performing Desire 

by Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf 

Domestic(-ated) Desires, Tanked City 

by Judith Hamera 

In the Window at Disney: 

A Lifetime of Brand Desire 

by Susan Bennett and Marlis Schweitzer 

Billy’s World, or Toying with Desire in the Gay 1990s 

by Brian Eugenio Herrera 

Desire and Kairos: 

Cassils’s Terisias 

by Maurya Wickstrom 

Touching, Flirting, Whispering: 

Performing Intimacy in Public 

by Fintan Walsh 

“When Elephants are in Must”: 

Peggy Shaw, Acts of Trans/fer, and the Present Future of Queer Desire 

by Jaclyn Pryor 

Hide and Go Seek: 

Child’s Play as Archival Act in Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto 

by Sara Warner and Mary Jo Watts 

The Trouble with Tears: 

Excess and Desire in Austin’s Grrl Action 

by Sarah Myers 

Lena Horne and Judy Garland: 

Divas, Desire, and Discipline in the Civil Rights Era 

by Deborah Paredez 

Left Wanting 

by Holly Hughes 

Basketball and Desire 

by Deb Margolin 

The Radiant Desire of Jomama Jones 

by Daniel Alexander Jones 

with a response by Matthew Glassman 

Black Desire, Theatrical Jazz, and River See 

by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones and Sharon Bridgforth 

Queer Aging Bareback: 

A Ride with the Parthenon Sculptures 

by Kim Marra 

Critical Acts 


Mårten Spångberg’s La Substance, but in English 

by André Lepecki 

Ambushed by Empathy: 

George Brant’s Grounded 

by Elise Morrison 

Immanent Utopia/Utopia Imminent: 

Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument 

by Jessica Rizzo 


Passionate Amateurs: Theatre, Communism, and Love by Nicholas Ridout 

review by Michael Shane Boyle 

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History edited by David Wiles and Christine Dymkowski 

review by Scott Magelssen 

La cuisine à la scène: Boire et manger au théâtre du XXe siècle by Athéna-Hélène Stourna

review by Michael D. Garval 

Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire by Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns

review by Dan Bacalzo 

Performance, Politics, and the War on Terror: “Whatever It Takes” by Sara Brady 

review by Lindsey Mantoan

TDR Critical Acts: Call for Submissions
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The American Society for Theatre Research 2014 Gerald Kahan Scholar’s Prize has been awarded to the TDR 2012 Student Essay Contest winner, Michelle Liu Carriger, for her article “’The Unnatural History and Petticoat Mystery of Boulton and Park’: A Victorian Sex Scandal and the Theatre Defense,” published in the Winter 2013 issue (57: 4, T220). Dr. Carriger is currently an Assistant Professor at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Congratulations to Michelle on this well-deserved honor from all of us at TDR. 

Thank you to T. Nikki Cesar Schotzko for her many years as TDR Critical Acts Co-Editor, and before that as Managing Editor. 

We are pleased to announce our new Critical Acts Co-Editor: Megan V. Nicely. A former TDR Managing Editor, Megan Nicely is an artist/scholar working at the intersection of contemporary release-based dance and Japanese butoh. She earned her BA in art history (Reed), MFA in dance (Mills College), and her PhD in Performance Studies (NYU). Her company Megan Nicely/Dance has presented works on both US coasts, the UK, and Europe, and has received numerous grants and awards, and her writing has been published in Performance Research, TDR: The Drama Review, InDance, and Contact Quarterly. Megan performs regularly and is Assistant Professor in Performing Arts at the University of San Francisco, whose program focuses on the arts and social justice. 

TDR’s first Batch, a specially curated collection of TDR articles from 1985–2014 for your Kindle, on Gender and Sexuality, includes work by Elin Diamond, Jill Dolan, Tavia Nyong’o, and Rebecca Schneider. It can be purchased for $6.99 at The next TDR Batch, coming soon: Revolutions. For more information on Batches from MIT Press Journals, see

News from TDR Editors


Richard Schechner's new book, Performed Imaginaries, will be published in December 2014 (Routledge). The book is a collection of essays on performance and culture, including "The Conservative Avantgarde," "Self-Inflicted Wounds," "9/11 as a Work of Art?" and "Can We Be the (New) Third World?"Performed Imaginaries by Richard Schechner

Fawzia Afzal-Khan published the review article “Ayad Akhtar’s The Who & The What: A Feminist Reclamation of Islam?” in July 2014 on Ayad Akhtar's play, The Who & The What, and participated in a roundtable conversation with the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright at Montclair State University in April 2014. The article can be accessed at Along with Jed Wheeler, Artistic Director of the Kasser Theatre at Montclair State University, Afzal-Khan also led a conversation with Richard Schechner in October 2014 about Schechner’s life and work, following four scintillating performances of his production Imagining O

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi was elected Co-Chair of the Israel Young Academy ( She has an essay on the Oberammergau Passion Play forthcoming in Inter-Art Journey: Exploring the Common Grounds of the Arts (ed. Nurit Yaari, Sussex Academic Press), as well as a collection of American feminist plays in Hebrew translation that she coedited together with Linda Ben-Zvi and Ruthie Abeliovich.

Paige McGinley’s book, Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism (Duke University Press), was released in September 2014. It is available at

Julie Tolentino performed and assembled artists for Shatter + Center, a cross-disciplinary improvisation at AXS Performance Festival at Sphere in October. Tolentino performed as the Witch of Ensor in the Tyler Matthew Oyer directed film THE CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE OR WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE, screened at PAM in Los Angeles; presented THE SKY REMAINS THE SAME: Sex, Loss and Weighted for Infinite Record, a panel with Josh Lubin-Levy at MIT; and was a Guest Artist in Lia Gangitano’s Curating Performance class at Bard College in November. Forthcoming events: In early December, Evidence (4min, 2014) will be featured in a video program curated by Tom Kalin at MOCA, Los Angeles for Visual AIDS' Day With(out) Art; “Trust Me, I’m The One” (2014) featured in limited edition print set, Initiation, a collaboration between Bullhorn Press and Otherwild, becomes available in early December; the YBCA In-Community year-long performance, video, workshop, and field trip project led with Ryan Tacata and Kadet Kuhne through the Larkin Street Transitional Youth Services culminates in December at Alter Space, San Francisco; off-grid residencies to artists Julie Vulcan and Gary Varro, Valerie Oliverio, Mark So, Samantha Cohen, and Geneva Skeen at FERAL HOUSE*STUDIO in December; Raised by Wolves at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, nominated among the most influential performances of 2015 for Dance Magazine by David Rousseve; will perform with CANDIDATE at Epiphany Church in Lincoln Heights with Lovett/Codagnone, curated by Emi Fontana in January 2015.

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