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The Poet's Theater of Fiona Templeton: An Environmental View
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Abstract:

Fiona Templeton's play YOU-The City was originally produced for an audience of one in the Times Square neighborhood of New York City. The theatrical event presents an ecosystem where connections and logistics predominate over character and plot. It establishes a peer relationship between actors, audience, and their interactions that finds expression throughout the work in its theatrical components such as character, staging, and text. This environmental social structure links the play to a broader epistemology that reconstitutes the concept of identity in the arts. To support an alternative way of looking at ourselves, this essay brings in several concepts from other disciplines, notably extended cognition and q-analysis, a hierarchic model that functions by inclusion rather than like a system of separate castes. These tools are helpful in showing how cross disciplinary thinking supports an environmental model and are also useful because canonical culture remains fixated on the individual.