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Theatre Symposium, Vol. 17: Outdoor Performance
edited by Jay Malarcher
contributions by Charlotte J. Headrick, Martha S. LoMonaco, Jane Barnette, Andrew Vorder Bruegge, Jeanmarie Higgins Williams, Angela Sweigart Gallagher and Landis K. Magnuson
University of Alabama Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8297-1 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5555-5

Outdoor drama takes many forms: ancient Greek theatre, open-air performances of Shakespeare at summer festivals, and re-enactments of landmark historical events. The essays gathered in "Outdoor Performance," Volume 17 of the annual journal Theatre Symposium, address outdoor theatre's many manifestations, including the historical and non-traditional.

Among other subjects, these essays explore the rise of "airdomes" as performance spaces in the American Midwest in the first half of the 20th century; the civic-religious pageants staged by certain Mormon congregations; Wheels-A-Rolling, and other railroad themed pageants; first-hand accounts of the innovative Hunter Hills theatre program in Tennessee; the role of traditional outdoor historical drama, particularly the long-running performances of Paul Green's The Lost Colony; and the rise of the part dance, part sport, part performance phenomenon "parkour"-- the improvised traversal of obstacles found in both urban and rural landscapes.
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