Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome back The American Theatre and Drama Society for their Seventh Annual Brilliance of the American Theatre on March 23rd, 2017 at 6:00pm. The event is free to the public.
The authors appearing in the shop's Arthur Seelen Theatre that evening include Peter Zazzali, Heather Nathans and Chrystyna Dail. Zazzali is a CUNY graduate and a highly sought-after scholar artist who focuses on the training of the American actor. His new book is titled Acting in the Academy: The History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education. Nathans is one of the academy's most prolific and revered scholars. She's the immediate past-president of the American Society for Theatre Research and a former president of the American Theatre and Drama Society. She's published widely on race, Shakespeare, and the history of the American theatre. Her new book is titled Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage. And Dail studies mid-twentieth century American theatre companies that sought to use the stage for change and to foment social revolution. In the aftermath of the November elections, her work is all the more compelling. Her new book is titled Stage for Action: U.S. Social Activist Theatre in the 1940s.
The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.
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