The 42nd comparative drama conference

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The Comparative Drama Conference is an international, interdisciplinary event devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It welcomes papers presenting original investigation on, or critical analysis of, research and developments in the fields of drama, theatre, and performance. Papers may be comparative across disciplines, periods, or nationalities, may deal with any issue in dramatic theory and criticism, or any method of historiography, translation, or production. Every year over 170 scholars from both the Humanities and the Arts are invited to present and discuss their work. Conference participants have come from over 35 countries and all fifty states. A keynote speaker whose recent work is relevant to the conference is also invited to address the participants in a plenary session. The Comparative Drama Conference was founded by Dr. Karelisa Hartigan at the University of Florida in 1977. From 2000 to 2004 the conference was held at The Ohio State University. In 2005 the conference was held at California State University, Northridge. From 2006 to 2011 the conference was held at Loyola Marymount University. Stevenson University was the conference’s host from 2012 through 2016. Rollins College has hosted the conference since 2017.

The Conference Board

Jose Badenes (Loyola Marymount University), William C. Boles (Rollins College), Miriam M. Chirico (Eastern Connecticut State University), Stratos E. Constantinidis (The Ohio State University), Ellen Dolgin (Dominican College of Blauvelt), Verna Foster (Loyola University, Chicago), Yoshiko Fukushima (University of Hawai'i at Hilo), Kiki Gounaridou (Smith College), Jan Lüder Hagens (Yale University), Karelisa Hartigan (University of Florida), Graley Herren (Xavier University), William Hutchings (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Baron Kelly (University of Louisville), Jeffrey Loomis (Northwest Missouri State University), Andrew Ian MacDonald (Dickinson College), Jay Malarcher (West Virginia University), Amy Muse (University of St. Thomas), Elizabeth Scharffenberger (Columbia University), Michael Schwartz (Indiana University Pennsylvania), Janna Segal (University of Louisville), Laura Snyder (Stevenson University), Tony Stafford (University of Texas, El Paso), Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (Loyola Marymount University), and Kelly Younger (Loyola Marymount University)

The Conference Staff

Conference Director: William Boles

Conference Coordinator: Jamie Hoffman

Conference Assistant Coordinator: Aubrey Correiro

Conference Administrative Assistant: Jessica McKown

Text and Presentation Staff

Editor: Jay Malarcher

Associate Editor: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Book Review Editor: Amy Muse

The Publication: Text & Presentation

Since 1980, The Comparative Drama Conference Series has been publishing the best papers presented at its annual meetings. For back issues, visit Each volume consists of articles that have passed the mandated anonymous peer review. Text & Presentation’s articles have framed dramatic discourse, identified emerging trends, and challenged established views. Participants in the conference are invited to submit their papers for publication consideration to the editor of Text & Presentation. Manuscripts should be formatted according to the T&P style. For full style guidelines, visit Manuscripts can be extended beyond the delivery length at the conference, but should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including notes, references cited, and photos). Please email a copy of your paper as a Word.doc attachment to Jay Malarcher at by 31 May 2018. In addition, each volume features several book reviews by noted scholars. Contact Amy Muse, Book Review Editor, at

The Sponsor

The 42nd Comparative Drama Conference and Text and Presentation are generously funded by the following entities at Rollins College: the Office of the President, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, the English Department, the Theatre Department, the Writing Program, and the Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Scholar Fund. The conference is open to the public.

The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award

The Philadelphia Constantinidis Essay in Critical Theory Award will be given to the best comparative essay on any aspect and period of Greek drama or theatre that was published in English in any journal in any country between January 1 and December 31 of the award year. The award was established in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia Constantinidis to encourage research and writing on Greek drama and theatre.

This is an open rank competition for academics, independent scholars, and doctoral students. The award is administered by the Board of the Comparative Drama Conference. The Board solicits nominations and self- nominations for this award. The winner will be notified by the Director of the Comparative Drama Conference, and will be offered complimentary hotel accommodations and a registration fee waiver to attend the Comparative Drama Conference. The winner will also receive a check of one thousand dollars ($1,000) during the awards ceremony at the conference. The deadline for nominations is December 31 prior to the conference.
Anthony Ellis Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student

In honor of the late Tony Ellis, a board member, valued friend, and committed mentor to graduate students, the Comparative Drama Conference is pleased to announce the Anthony Ellis Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student. Any graduate student who presented a paper at the conference is eligible for consideration. Interested applicants should submit a full-length version (15-25 pages) of his/her research paper to the Editor of Text & Presentation following the conference. The winning paper will be published with special recognition in Text & Presentation. The winner will also be honored at the next year's conference, where he/she will have the conference registration fee waived and will receive one night’s free hotel room. Please email submissions as Word attachments to the editor, Jay Malarcher (, by May 31 following the conference.

The Joel Tansey Memorial Award for Graduate Student Travel to the

Comparative Drama Conference

The Comparative Drama Conference is pleased to announce this award, established in 2016, and presented in memory of Joel Tansey, award-winning scholar, writer, professor of French Literature, and Assistant Editor of Text and Presentation (2008-11). Any graduate student who presents a paper at the conference is eligible for consideration. Interested applicants should submit a full-length version (15-25 pages) of their research paper, as a Word attachment, to the Editor of Text & Presentation, Jay Malarcher (, by May 31, following the conference. The winning paper will be published with special recognition in Text & Presentation. The winner will also be honored at the next year’s conference, where she or he will receive the award, accompanied by $400 for conference travel expenses.

Comparative Drama Conference Keynote Speakers


1977 John Ferguson (Open University of London) “Random Reflections from Stage, Stalls and Study” 1978 Kenneth Reckford (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) “Two Comic Revelations”

1979 William Nethercut (University of Texas) “The Face of Power”

1980 Charles R. Beye (Boston University) “Mirror or Distillery: The Proper Metaphor for Greek Tragedy”

1981 Bernard Beckerman (Columbia University) “End Signs in Theatre”

1982 Frank Ryder (University of Virginia) “From Goetz to Faust: The Whole as Sum of the Parts” 1983 Peter Walcot (University College, Cardiff) “An Acquired Taste: Joe Orton and the Greeks” 1984 Edith Kern (Hofstra University) “The Comic Scapegoat”

1985 Patricia Easterling (Newnham College, Cambridge University) “Tragedy and the Heroic” 1986 John Peradotto (SUNY, Buffalo) “The Politics of the Trickster”

1987 William R. Elwood (University of Wisconsin) “Incoherence as Meaning” 1988 Albert Wertheim (Indiana University) “Eugene O’Neill and His Legacy”

1989 William C. Scott (Dartmouth College) “Greek Tragedy: The Whole is Greater than the Parts” 1990 Tom Markus (University of Utah) “This is the Night that either Makes Me or Fordoes Me Quite”
1991 Reid Meloy (San Diego DHS) and Katherine Burkman (OSU) “Myth, Murder and Modern Drama”

1992 William Free (University of Georgia) “Thinking about Theatrical Space: Place, Path and Domain”

1993 Enoch Brater (University of Michigan) “Textuality and Theatricality”

1994 Oscar Brockett (University of Texas, Austin) “Theatre History, Drama, and Performance Studies” 1995 Charles Lyons (Stanford University) “What Do We Mean When We Talk about Character?” 1996 Bernd Seidensticker (Freie University, Berlin) “Peripeteia and Tragic Dialectic in Euripidean


1997 Glen Gadberry (University of Minnesota) “Theatre in the Third Reich”

1998 Kenneth Washington (Guthrie Theatre) “Issues of American Actors & Theatre in the 21st Century”

1999 Sid Homan (University of Florida) “What Do I Do Now?: Directing Shakespeare and Others” 2000 Juan Villegas (University of California, Irvine) “On Histories of Theatre and Theatre as Visual

2001 Marvin Carlson (CUNY Graduate Center) “Speaking in Tongues: Multiple Languages on the Modern Stage”

2002 Helene P. Foley (Columbia University) “Greek Tragedy for the New Millennium: A Case Study” 2003 Biodun Jeyifo (Cornell University) “Drama and the Formation of Postcolonial Studies”

2004 W.B. Worthen (University of California, Berkeley) “Fossilized talking: Writing, Print, Drama” 2005 J. Thomas Rimer (University of Pittsburgh) “Athens in Tokyo: Greek Drama in Postwar Japan” 2006 Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University) “Staging Beckett for a New Century”

2007 Jorge Huerta (University of California, San Diego) “Chicano Theatre in a Society in Crisis” 2008 Drew Hayden Taylor (First Nations Playwright) “Whitewater Canoeing through the Rapids of

Native Theatre”

2009 Lizbeth Goodman (University of East London) “Reframing the Lens on Stage and Screen”

2010 Francis Dunn (U. of California, Santa Barbara) “Metatheatre, Metaphysics and the End of Greek Tragedy”
2011 Emily Greenwood (Yale University) “Colonial Tragedies and Postcolonial Dramas: Greek Tragedy as Model for Black Classicism”

2012 Paula Vogel (Yale University; Yale Repertory Theatre) A Conversation with Paula Vogel

2013 Edward Albee A Conversation with Edward Albee

2014 David Henry Hwang A Conversation with David Henry Hwang 2015 David Lindsay-Abaire A Conversation with David Lindsay-Abaire 2016 Tony Kushner A Conversation with Tony Kushner

2017 Lisa Loomer A Conversation with Lisa Loomer

Simon Stephens

A Conversation with Simon Stephens
Friday, 6 April 2018, 8:00 pm

Annie Russell Theatre, Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Conference Reception follows in the Bush Atrium

(Right across from Annie Russell Theatre)

Table of Contents

Schedule of Panels and Staged Readings 8
Abstracts 35
Restaurant Guide 98

Welcome to the City Beautiful, Orlando, Florida.

The Comparative Drama Conference returns to the state where it all began 42 years ago. Rollins College is pleased to play host to scholars and theatre practitioners from the United States and around the world. As has been the tradition at the conference since its early days at the University of Florida under Karelisa Hartigan’s masterful leadership, this year’s iteration features papers, workshops, and panels that touch on all things theatrical, including a running sub-theme of improv (performance, roundtable, and plenary) and a panel on plays by Simon Stephens prior to his Keynote conversation. In addition, the conference offers over 50 paper sessions, ranging from Greek Drama to a discussion of An Enemy of the People’s in light of the Flint water crisis.

Our annual Thursday night play offering this year is Lights Up! The Improvised Rock Opera!, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at SAK Comedy Lab. (Tickets are included in your registration cost. Please notify the registration desk of your intention to attend.)

Friday night has the conference travelling to Rollins College for our Keynote session, which will be “A Conversation with Simon Stephens,” conducted by William Boles. The event takes place at 8 p.m. in the Annie Russell Theatre. A reception will follow immediately afterward.

We will also be offering two plenaries this year.

On Friday at 2 p.m. our annual Author Meets Critics session gets a bit of a makeover, as it will be called Editor Meets Critics this year. Daniel Sack, editor of Imagined Theatres: Writing for A Theoretical Stage, will be meeting his critics (Ariel Watson and Kelly Younger) in a lively discussion.

Wrapping up our conference on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. will be Improv in Practice: A Participatory Plenary. Andy MacDonald, Karelisa Hartigan, and David Charles will engage the audience with some improv games, while also discussing improv’s practical benefits when working with Senior Citizens, Veterans, and incoming first year students to college.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge my colleagues at Rollins College, who have made hosting this conference possible. My former chair, Martha Cheng, and English department colleagues, when approached about the English Department and Writing Minor supporting the conference, immediately said “Let’s do this.” David Charles, Theatre Department Chair and his colleagues, also said, “Let’s do this.” Dean Jennifer Cavenaugh and President Grant Cornwell made major financial investments in making this conference happen, and the visit by Simon Stephens as our Keynote speaker was made possible by a grant from the Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Artist Fund. Logistically, none of this would have been possible without the help of Jessica McKown, the world’s most patient administrative assistant; Jamie Hoffman, my always smiling, incredibly competent, exceedingly unflappable conference coordinator; and Aubrey Correiro, who just joined us in January but is already being flung without complaint directly into the fun that is the planning of this program. Finally, a shout out to my fellow board members who have entrusted this gem of a conference into my hands. Their support and constant help throughout the years have been invaluable.

William Boles, Director, Comparative Drama Conference

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