A Critical Companion to Lynn Nottage places this renowned, award-winning playwright's contribution to American theatre in scholarly context. The volume covers Nottage's plays, productions, activism, and artistic collaborations to display the extraordinary breadth and depth of her work.
The collection contains chapters on each of her major works, and includes a special three-chapter section devoted to Ruined, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. The anthology also features an interview about collaboration and creativity with Lynn Nottage and two of her most frequent directors, Seret Scott and Kate Whoriskey.
Foreword: Freedom Is a Debt to Repay; A Legacy to Uphold Sandra Shannon Introduction: "Sustaining the Complexity" of Lynn Nottage Jocelyn L. Buckner Production History Chronology Scott Knowles On the Table: Crumbs of Freedom and Fugitivity - A 21st Century (Re)reading of Crumbs from the Table of Joy Jaye Austin Williams "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner": Choral Aesthetics in Mud, River, Stone Jennifer L. Hayes Intimate Spaces/Public Places: Locating Sites of Migration, Connection, and Identity in Intimate Apparel Adrienne Macki Braconi "It's All About a Rabbit, or It Ain't": The Folkloric Fabulations of Lynn Nottage Faedra Chatard Carpenter Diasporic Desire in Las Meninas Jocelyn L. Buckner Vera Stark at the Crossroads of History Harvey Young Special Section on Ruined Melodrama, Sensation, and Activism in Ruined Jennifer-Scott Mobley Renegotiating Realism: Hybridity of Form and Political Potentiality in Ruined Jeff Paden Land Rights and Womb Rights: Forging Difficult Diasporic Kinships in Ruined Esther J. Terry Interview On Creativity and Collaboration: A Conversation with Lynn Nottage, Seret Scott, and Kate Whoriskey Jocelyn L. Buckner Afterword: Lynn Nottage's Futurity Soyica Colbert