By Angela C. Pao
"No secure Spaces opens up a talk past slender polemics . . . even though cross-racial casting has been the subject of heated dialogue, little sustained scholarship addresses either the ancient precedents and theoretical dimensions. Pao illustrates the tensions and contradictions inherent not just in degree representations, but in addition within the functionality of race in daily life. an excellent booklet whose strength readership is going well past theater and function scholars."
---Josephine Lee, college of Minnesota
"Non-traditional casting, more and more practiced in American theater, is either deeply attached to our country's racial self-image(s) and woefully under-theorized. Pao takes at the perform in its entirety to disentangle many of the strands of this extremely important issue."
---Karen Shimakawa, big apple University
No secure Spaces seems at probably the most radical and enduring alterations brought through the Civil Rights era---multiracial and cross-racial casting practices in American theater. The stream to forged Latino/a, African American, and Asian American actors in vintage level works via and approximately white Europeans and american citizens is seen as either social and political gesture and creative innovation. Nontraditionally forged productions are proven to have participated within the nationwide discussion approximately race kin and ethnic identification and served as a resource of renewed creativity for the staging of the canonical repertory.
Multiracial casting is explored first via its historical past, then via its inventive, political, and pragmatic dimensions. subsequent, the booklet specializes in case reports from the dominant genres of latest American theater: classical tragedy and comedy, smooth family drama, antirealist drama, and the Broadway musical, utilizing a extensive array of archival resource fabrics to augment and light up its arguments.
Angela C. Pao is affiliate Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University.
A quantity within the sequence Theater: Theory/Text/Performance