Staging 21st Century Tragedies: Theatre, Politics, and Global Crisis is an international collection of essays by leading academics, artists, writers, and curators examining ways in which the global tragedies of our century are being negotiated in current theatre practice.

In exploring the tragic in the fields of history and theory of theatre, the book approaches crisis through an understanding of the existential and political aspect of the tragic condition. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, it showcases theatre texts and productions that enter the public sphere, manifesting notably participatory, immersive, and documentary modes of expression to form a theatre of modern tragedy. The coexistence of scholarly essays with manifesto-like provocations, interviews, original plays, and diaries by theatre artists provides a rich and multifocal lens that allows readers to approach twenty-first-century theatre through historical and critical study, text and performance analysis, and creative processes. Of special value is the global scope of the collection, embracing forms of crisis theatre in many geographically diverse regions of both the East and the West.

Staging 21st Century Tragedies: Theatre, Politics, and Global Crisis will be of use and interest to academics and students of political theatre, applied theatre, theatre history, and theatre theory.

chapter |9 pages


ByAvra Sidiropoulou

part Part 1|67 pages

Crisis as Tragedy and Judgment

chapter 1|14 pages

Tragedy and the Crisis of History

Staging Forced Displacement and Its Reluctant Hero
ByYana Meerzon

chapter 2|16 pages

Beyond Suffering or Resolution

Tragedy and the Twenty-First-Century Collective Experience
ByAvra Sidiropoulou

chapter 3|12 pages

Prophets Needed

Five Easy Pieces and La Reprise: Histoire(s) du Theatre (I) by Milo Rau
ByCarol Martin

chapter Testimony 1.1|11 pages

Avra Sidiropoulou in Conversation with Daniel Wetzel of Rimini Protokoll

ByAvra Sidiropoulou

chapter Testimony 1.2|5 pages

Cards of Identities (Poetic Luxury)

ByHanane Hajj Ali

chapter Testimony 1.3|7 pages

Chorus and Crisis in the Contemporary United States

ByPeter A. Campbell

part Part 2|60 pages

Texts and Contexts of Crisis

chapter 5|13 pages

Leaving the World Good or Leaving a Better World?

Theatre and Crisis Through the Lens of Bertolt Brecht
ByAldo Milohnić

chapter 6|13 pages

Tragic and Post-Tragic Representations of Precarity in Twenty-First-Century U.S. Drama

Fractured Togetherness in Lynn Nottage's Sweat and Annie Baker's The Flick
ByAna Fernández-Caparrós

chapter 7|18 pages

Modern African Drama in Crisis?

Two African Authors in Search of Identity
ByTaiwo Afolabi, Stephen Ogheneruro Okpadah, Ogah Mark Onwe

part Part 3|67 pages

Stage Narratives of Failure or Visions of a Better World? Bankrupt States, Violent Cities, Global Resistance, Civic Consciousness, and the Poetics of Participation

chapter 8|13 pages

"Theatre Remains Traditionalist and Eurocentric"

About Milo Rau's "Theatre of Crisis"
ByFreddy Decreus

chapter 9|16 pages

"How Many More Thousands of Years?"

Dystopia, Otherness, and the Greek Crisis in the Work of Three Contemporary Greek Dramatists
ByConstantina Ziropoulou

chapter 10|14 pages

Theatre as Assembly

"Theatre Commons" Radical Dramaturgy 1
ByUchino Tadashi

chapter 11|15 pages

Marca España

Making Theatre From Precarity, State Violence, and Fiesta
ByAna Contreras Elvira

chapter Testimony 3.1|7 pages

Aoidoi of a Country's Living History

ByLupe Gehrenbeck, Emiliana Duarte

part Part 4|39 pages

Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Crisis of the Anthropocene

chapter 12|10 pages

For the Theatre of the Anthropocene

ByFrank M. Raddatz

chapter Testimony 4.1|7 pages

Theatre in Covid Times

A Report From Greece*
ByAnestis Azas

chapter Testimony 4.2|5 pages

All Is Related to Me

BySu Xiaogang

chapter Testimony 4.3|5 pages

Plays (We Never Staged) to Survive

ByJavier Hernando Herráez, Miguel Rojo

chapter Testimony 4.4|10 pages

Troy Too

ByKaren Malpede