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>Subject: CFP: Brecht, Broadway, & American Theater (3/15/05; PAMLA,
>11/11/05-11/13/05)
>From: "J. Chris Westgate" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Brecht, Broadway, & American Theater:
>A New Century of Political Theater
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>This special session proposed for the 2005 PAMLA Conference to be held at
>Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, November 11-13 will devote
>itself to considering the particular difficulties (faced and/or overcome)
>by playwrights and theater practitioners (directors, dramaturges,
>theatrical companies) who have attempted to meld Brechtís sociopolitical
>theater (epic theater) with American theaters, especially given the
>Broadway-corporate-paradigm that favors escapism and spectacle over
>social criticism.  This is especially relevant given all the recent
>theater that is overtly political: Sam Shepardís The God of Hell,
>Victoria Brittainís and Gillian Slovoís Guantanamo, and others.
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>Of particular interest would be how older (canonical or not) political
>plays have their sociopolitical contexts compromised (or reaffirmed) in
>contemporary revivals; what problems (or advantages) new playwrights,
>writing political theater, face getting their work produced; and to what
>extent playwrights today still value the interplay of theater and
>politics.  The larger question might be this: What role does Brechtian
>dramaturgy play/not play in American theater as it moves into the 21st
>century?  But submissions dealing with any aspect of Brecht and American
>theater are welcome.  You must be a member of PAMLA by the time of the
>conference to be eligible.
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>Please second 500 word proposals along with 50 word abstracts (included
>in the body of the email) to [log in to unmask], or send hard copies
>of abstracts to J. Chris Westgate, Department of English, University of
>California Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616 (along with contact
>information) by March 15, 2005.
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>J. Chris Westgate
>Department of English
>University of California, Davis
>Davis, CA 95616
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