Edward Albee as Theatrical and Dramatic Innovator offers eight essays and a major interview by important scholars in the field that explore this three-time Pulitzer prize-winning playwright’s innovations as a dramatist and theatrical artist. They consider not only Albee’s award-winning plays and his contributions to the evolution of modern American drama, but also his important influence to the American theatre as a whole, his connections to art and music, and his international influence in Spanish and Russian theatre.
Contributors: Jackson R. Bryer, Milbre Burch, David A. Crespy, Ramon Espejo-Romero, Nathan Hedman, Lincoln Konkle, Julia Listengarten, David Marcia, Ashley Raven, Parisa Shams, Valentine Vasak
David A. Crespy, Ph.D. (1998), is Professor of Playwriting, Acting, and Dramatic literature at the University of Missouri. He founded MU's Writing for Performance program and serves as the program’s co-director and as the president of the Edward Albee Society.
Lincoln Konkle, Ph.D. (1991), is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey where he teaches and publishes on dramatic literature. He is author of
Thornton Wilder and The Puritan Narrative Tradition and co-founder of the Albee Society.
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors
David A. Crespy and Lincoln Konkle Designing Edward/Edward Designing: A Brief History of Edward Albee’s Role in Theatrical Design
David A. Crespy Theatrical Thanatology: Direct Address, Gestural Storytelling, and the Triple Goddess in Three Plays about Dying by Edward Albee
Milbre Burch The Glee of Vulnerability: Becoming Kin with Edward Albee’s Goat
Parisa Shams A Queer Reading of Love in Edward Albee’s
Counting the Ways Ashley Raven Albee Stages Secular Epiphany
Nathan Hedman Art Is a Hammer: Aura, Textual Awareness, and Comedy in Albee
David Marcia Affecting the Lives of “Others”: The Journey of Albee’s Plays in the Soviet Union
Julia Listengarten The (Mis)Representation of Edward Albee in Spain, 1963–2010
Ramón Espejo Romero Inside the Black Box: Albee’s Visual Aesthetics of Obscurity
Valentine Vasak “I Trap People”: An Interview with Edward Albee
Jackson R. Bryer Bibliography
Theatre and English educators and scholars, playwrights, directors, actors, all interested in American drama and theatre, and specifically in Edward Albee.