This ebook explores the improvement of up to date theatre within the usa in its ancient, political and theoretical dimensions. It specializes in consultant performs and function texts that scan with shape and content material, discussing influential playwrights and function artists resembling Tennessee Williams, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Charles Ludlum, Anna Deavere Smith, Karen Finley and may strength, along avant-garde theatre teams. Saddik lines the advance of up to date drama considering 1945, and discusses the cross-cultural impression of postwar British and ecu suggestions on American theatre from the Nineteen Fifties to the current day for you to learn the functionality of yankee id. She argues that modern American theatre is essentially a postmodern drama of inclusion and variety that destabilizes the proposal of fastened id and questions the character of reality.

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