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Theoretical inquiry into the representation of mental illness on stage has not kept pace with theatre scholarship relating to images of marginalized populations as presented on stage, nor with developments in current thinking about mental disease. This collection examines the dynamics of characterization and the problematics of representation within the context of new trends in pharmacology and reconfigured definitions of mental disease, at a time when unprecedented attention is being given to the complex realities of living with mental disorders.
Dr. Ellen W. Kaplan is Associate Professor of Acting and Directing at Smith College, A Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica, Fulbright Artist-in-Residence in Hong Kong; and an actress and director who has performed internationally and across the U.S. Her plays have been performed in Europe and the U.S. She produced video documentaries, including Mixed Blessings, about Jews and Roma in Eastern Europe, and a CD-ROM about Juan Rulfo. She also works with at-risk adolescents to create spoken work drama for radio. Dr. Sarah J. Rudolph is Associate professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts of the university of Wisconsin Colleges. As the director of the University of Wisconsin Marathon County Theatre, she works to link process and production to various efforts within the community. She served as Vice President of Conferences for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and has been an active member of the Theatre as a Liberal Art Focus Group.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Evolving Perceptions of Mental Illness Through Text I: Conceptualizing Treatment; 2. Evolving Perceptions of Mental Illness Through Text II: Rethinking the Figure of the Mad Genius; 3. The Revolt of the Senses: Hallucination, Revelation and Resistance in Antonio Buero-Vallejo's The Foundation; 4. The Cage is My Mind: Object and Image in Depicting Mental Illness on Stage; 5. The Quadruple Whammy of Blanche DuBois: The Worst of These is Crazy; 6. Mythic Avatars of Borderline and Narcissistic Rage and Emptiness: Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and Strindberg's Miss Julie; 7. Two Interviews: Speaking with Ron Perera, Composer, on the Adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper for Opera and with Paula Caplan, author of Call Me Crazy.
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