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Kirsty Johnston

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Kirsty Johnston is associate professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Theatre and Film. In 2012 her monograph Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre appeared with McGill-Queen’s University Press. She has also published work on these topics in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Topics and The Journal of Medical Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He is co-editor with Patrick Lonergan of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s Critical Companions series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Disability Theatre and Modern Drama : Recasting Modernism

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Writing in 2012, the late and highly influential disability studies scholar Tobin Siebers posed a provocative question:To what concept, other than the idea of disability, might be referred modern art’s love affair with misshapen and twisted...

“Every Man his Specialty”: Beckett, Disability, and Dependence

Disability Theatre and Modern Drama : Recasting Modernism

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...I “To decompose is to live, too” In Bending Over Backwards Lennard Davis coins the term “dismodernism” to describe the ways that disability challenges ideas of liberal autonomy and able-bodied normalcy that underwrite contemporary identity...

Ecologies of Autism: Vibrant Space in Imagining Autism

Scenography Expanded : An Introduction to Contemporary Performance Design

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...This chapter demonstrates how scenography may be ‘expanded’ into therapeutic applications. The focus is the affective space of scenography within Imagining Autism: Drama, Performance and Intermediality as Interventions for Autistic Spectrum...

Reclaiming the Ordinary Extraordinary Body: Or, The Importance of The Glass Menagerie for Literary Disability Studies

Disability Theatre and Modern Drama : Recasting Modernism

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...In late 2010, I saw the movie The King’s Speech with my mother. At the end of the movie, she turned to me in surprise and said, “That’s not how I expected the movie to end!” What she meant was that the portrayal of the stuttering King...
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...Billy has been deaf since birth, but his family has never learned sign language. In fact, until he meets Sylvia, who is fluent in ASL, Billy has never in his life been understood by anyone. This critically acclaimed sensation from Nina...
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...A group of old friends find themselves at Harlem’s Ortiz Funeral Home to mourn the death of a beloved nun from their childhood. As they bounce off of each other with old hurts and the harsh realities of grown-up life, a murder mystery (and...

Shattering the Glass Menagerie

Disability Theatre and Modern Drama : Recasting Modernism

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Characters Carrie Sandahl, herself Terry Galloway, herself Tom, Amanda, Laura, Jim, Eager Audience Member, Ben Gunter and M. Shane Grant...
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...Based on the Bernice Rubens' novel of the same name, I Sent a Letter to My Love is a romantic musical by Grammy winner Melissa Manchester and dramatist Jeffrey Sweet. It is 1955 and a lonely spinster, Amy, places a correspondence ad...
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...Winner of the Susan Smith Backburn Prize honoring women writers worldwide, Emma’s Child explores the idea of commitment in a marriage as a parent. Told gently, lovingly and with unexpected humor, this is the story of a childless couple...
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...A deeply affecting and genuinely funny journey through the medical juggernaut of diethylstilbestrol (DES), and anti-miscarriage drug given to millions of pregnant women and later discovered to cause cancer and reproductive problems...