David Savran: Hayaletli ABD Tiyatro Saloları
Speaker: David Savran (The City University of New York, the United States)
Date: May 30, 2014 – Friday
Venue: R102-104, Bld1, Hongkou Campus
Summary: So many acclaimed American plays since the 1990s feature ghosts. The list includes Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, the musicals Ragtime, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Next to Normal, and Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, etc. This lecture will examine the sudden explosion of ghosts—and of haunted houses—on United States stages. It will examine why it is haunted, what exactly it is haunted by, why these emanations from different times and places frequent the stages, why the houses themselves are haunted and dilapidated, and finally, what the relationship is between these ghosts and history itself which seems to have unaccountably returned and taken up residence in United States theatres.
Speaker Biography: David Savran is the Vera Mowry Roberts Distinguished Professor of Theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a specialist in twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. theatre, musical theatre, popular culture, and social theory. He is the author of eight books, whose wide-ranging subjects include the Wooster Group, Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner, white masculinity, music theatre, and middlebrow cultural production. His most recent book is Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class, the winner of the Joe A. Callaway Prize. He has, in addition, published two collections of interviews with playwrights and has served as a judge for the Obie Awards and the Lucille Lortel Awards and was a juror for the 2011 and 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He is the former editor of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre.