New PDF release: Animal Acts: Performing Species Today

By Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes

ISBN-10: 0472071998

ISBN-13: 9780472071999

We all have an animal story—the puppy we enjoyed, the wild animal that captured our youth mind's eye, the deer the neighbor hit whereas using. whereas clinical breakthroughs in animal cognition, the results of world weather swap and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary box of animal reviews have advanced issues, such tales stay part of how we inform the tale of being human. Animal Acts collects 11 intriguing, provocative, and relocating tales by way of solo performers, observed by way of statement that areas the works in a broader context.

Work by means of best theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others joins remark by way of significant students together with Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. Una Chaudhuri’s advent presents a necessary origin for realizing and appreciating the intersection of animal stories and function. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, category, country, and different concerns primary to the human undertaking in the discourse of the “post human,” and may attract readers attracted to solo functionality, animal stories, gender stories, functionality stories, and environmental studies.

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Then I fell in love with Presto, he was a fast car Esther was learning to drive, and I fell in love with agility, and Presto was such a sensible dog. The good dad neither of us had, respected by the others, but never getting into schemes involving the cat. An opportunity arose. The Capital City Cluster, held every Thanksgiving weekend at Michigan State University, in the livestock pavilion. They have conformation, aka a “beauty contest,” as well as agility and obedience. They also have clinics, which offer low-Â�cost examinations.

Who did this? Who did this? Who did this? The questioning becomes bullying. Liz is on her hands and knees, embarrassed, tail between her legs. George crosses left to her chair. Liz falls to the ground and pants like the dog in Paula Rego’s painting Sleeper throughout George’s monologue. George reads from her diary, which is tucked under her pillow. GEORGE: Dear Diary, I’m still here. It’s storming inside. A flash flood, wiping all of civilization away. And we’re trapped inside, running out of gin and tonic, ale and air.

GEORGE: No, not yet. Liz places the ukulele under the table and seems to be titillated by a strange ritual. LIZ: Is it time for the dance contest? GEORGE: Stay. Stay. Stay. Okay, go. LIZ: Hot dog! Honky-Â�tonk-Â�style music plays. Liz and George dance toward the ladder like two dogs with their hands out like paws. George then pulls the ladder backward, which makes the shoes under the “feet” of the ladder judder up and down. George dances up the ladder with a jug of martinis. Liz places a martini glass at the foot of the ladder.

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