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Incapacity and theatricality : politics and aesthetics in theatre involving actors with intellectual disabilities

Author: Tony McCaffrey
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019. ©2019
Series: Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies.
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Incapacity and Theatricality acknowledges the distinctive contribution to contemporary theatrical performance made by actors with intellectual disabilities. It presents a close examination of certain key theatrical performances across a variety of different media, including John Cassavetes' 1963 social issues film A Child Is Waiting; the performance art collaboration between Robert Wilson and Christopher Knowles;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tony McCaffrey
ISBN: 9781351165204 1351165208 9781351165181 1351165186 9781351165198 1351165194 9781351165174 1351165178
OCLC Number: 1079363136
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Framing the singularities of actors with intellectual disabilities in theatrical performanceChapter One: `A spotlight on the subject of retardation': A Child is WaitingChapter Two: Mirror stages: Aldo Gennaro and Robert WilsonChapter Three: Parody, intermediality and postdramatic turnsConclusion and afterword: Lines of flightIndex
Series Title: Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies.
Responsibility: Tony McCaffrey.

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Incapacity and Theatricality acknowledges the distinctive contribution to contemporary theatrical performance made by actors with intellectual disabilities. It presents a close examination of certain key theatrical performances across a variety of different media, including John Cassavetes' 1963 social issues film A Child Is Waiting; the performance art collaboration between Robert Wilson and Christopher Knowles; and the provocative pranksterism of Christoph Schlingensief's talent show mockumentary FreakStars 3000. Tracing a global path of performances, Incapacity and Theatricality offers an analysis of how actors with intellectual disabilities have emerged onto the main stage, and how their inclusion calls into question long-held assumptions about both theatre and intellectual disability. For postgraduate students, or anyone interested in the shifting dynamics of twenty-first century theatre, McCaffrey's work offers a vital consideration of the intersubjective relations between people with and without intellectual disabilities and ultimately addresses urgent questions about the situation and representation of the contemporary subject caught up somewhere between incapacity and theatricality.

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