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Microdramas

Crucibles for Theater and Time

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Microdramas by John H Muse
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In Microdramas, John H. Muse argues that tiny plays (i.e., shorter than twenty minutes) deserve sustained attention, and that brevity should be considered a distinct mode of theatrical practice. Focusing on artists for whom brevity became both a structural principle and a tool to investigate theater itself (August Strindberg, Maurice Maeterlinck, F. T. Marinetti, Samuel Beckett, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Caryl Churchill), the book explores four episodes in the history of very short theater, all characterized by the self-conscious embrace of brevity. The story moves from the birth of the modernist microdrama in French little theaters in the 1880s, to the explicit worship of speed in Italian Futurist synthetic theater, to Samuel Beckett's often-misunderstood short plays, and finally to a range of contemporary playwrights whose long compilations of shorts offer a new take on momentary theater. Subjecting short plays to extended scrutiny upends assumptions about brief or minimal art, and about theatrical experience. The book shows that short performances often demand greater attention from audiences than plays that unfold more predictably. Microdramas put pressure on preconceptions about which aspects of theater might be fundamental, and what might qualify as an event. In the process, they suggest answers to crucial questions about time, spectatorship, and significance.

Author Biography

John H. Muse is Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago.
Release date Australia
September 30th, 2017
Author
Pages
256
Illustrations
11 illustrations
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
The University of Michigan Press
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9780472053636
Product ID
26823158

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