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Animal Acts
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We all have an animal story—the pet we loved, the wild animal that captured our childhood imagination, the deer the neighbor hit while driving. While scientific breakthroughs in animal cognition, the effects of global climate change and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary field of animal studies have complicated things, such stories remain a part of how we tell the story of being human. Animal Acts collects eleven exciting, provocative, and moving stories by solo performers, accompanied by commentary that places the works in a broader context. Work by leading theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others joins commentary by major scholars including Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. Una Chaudhuri’s introduction provides a vital foundation for understanding and appreciating the intersection of animal studies and performance. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and other issues central to the human project within the discourse of the “post human,” and will appeal to readers interested in solo performance, animal studies, gender studies, performance studies, and environmental studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Animal Acts for Changing Times, 2.0: A Field Guide to Interspecies Performance Introduction
  2. Una Chaudhuri
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. The Dog and Pony Show (bring your own pony)
  2. Holly Hughes
  3. pp. 13-29
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  1. Commentary: Agility Is Performance Art
  2. Donna Haraway
  3. pp. 30-36
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  1. Stay!
  2. Vicky Ryder, Lisa Asagi, and Stacy Makishi
  3. pp. 37-48
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  1. Commentary: What Happened to the Black Dog?
  2. Marla Carlson
  3. pp. 49-54
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  1. Cat Lady
  2. Joseph Keckler
  3. pp. 55-62
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  1. Commentary: Theatre of the Cat Lady Who Is Not
  2. Erika Rundle
  3. pp. 63-68
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  1. With What Ass Does the Cockroach Sit? / ¿Con Qué Culo Se Sientala Cucaracha?
  2. Carmelita Tropicana (aka Alina Troyano)
  3. pp. 69-83
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  1. Commentary: Martina, Catalina, Elián, and the Old Man: Queer Tales of a Transnational Cuban Cockroach
  2. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
  3. pp. 84-92
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  1. No Bees for Bridgeport: A Fable from the Age of Daley
  2. Kestutis Nakas
  3. pp. 93-103
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  1. Commentary: A New Fable of the Bees
  2. Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson
  3. pp. 104-110
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  1. Horseback Views: A Queer Hippological Performance
  2. Kim Marra
  3. pp. 111-130
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  1. Commentary: Kinesthetic Intimacies
  2. Jane C. Desmond
  3. pp. 131-140
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  1. MONKEY
  2. Deke Weaver
  3. pp. 141-155
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  1. Commentary: Apes like Us
  2. Cary Wolfe
  3. pp. 156-162
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  1. Excerpts from ELEPHANT
  2. Deke Weaver
  3. pp. 163-181
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  1. Commentary: A Hero’s Death
  2. Nigel Rothfels
  3. pp. 182-188
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  1. Excerpt from Everything I’ve Got
  2. Jess Dobkin
  3. pp. 189-192
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  1. Commentary: The Great Refusal and the Greater Hope
  2. Jill Dolan
  3. pp. 193-196
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  1. Excerpts from As the Globe Warms: An American Soap Opera in Twelve Acts
  2. Heather Woodbury
  3. pp. 197-209
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  1. Commentary: Zooglossia: The Unknown Tongues of Heather Woodbury
  2. Ann Pellegrini
  3. pp. 210-216
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  1. The Others
  2. Rachel Rosenthal
  3. pp. 217-238
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 239-246
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