In Print: Yale Theater Journal PublishesScripts of Big Art Group and Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Jun 3, 2010

The latest issue of the Yale Theater Journal features texts from two of the country's most dynamic theater groups, Big Art Group and Nature Theater of Oklahoma.  Included is Big Art's SOS, and Nature Theater's Romeo and Juliet.  This issue contains several must read articles and examines the changing nature of scripts and playwriting within the landscape of contemporary performance making.  

Romeo and Juliet

From Romeo and Juliet, courtesy of the artist

A quote from editor
Tom Sellar:
Is all writing for the stage necessarily playwriting? What should we call the collection and arrangement of found texts — a strategy embraced by the first Internet generation, raised on pastiche and now testing its capacities onstage? Or words created by some process of research, improvisation, or collaboration that — deliberately or unknowingly — disregards constituent elements of dramatic form?

This issue began as a simple collection of enthusiasms: the two American scripts it contains, performed in 2008 and 2009 by Big Art Group and Nature Theater of Oklahoma, reflect the linguistic, thematic, and structural creativity of New York’s reinvigorated self-producing ensembles. But these two projects, shaped and defined by innovative collaborative models, led us to contemplate other questions about the evolution and fate of playwriting: what exactly does it mean to publish a script at a moment when print can no longer claim to guarantee dissemination of an artistic expression…

- Tom Sellar, Theater Journal 40:2 doi 10.1215/01610775-2009-024

© 2010 by Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre

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Title image courtesy of Big Art Group

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