Fourteen bold, dynamic, and daring women take the stage in this collection of women’s lives and stories. Individually and collectively, these writers and performers speak the unspoken and perform the heretofore unperformed.
The first section includes scripts and essays about performances of the lives of Gertrude Stein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Church Terrell, Charlotte Cushman, Anaïs Nin, Calamity Jane, and Mary Martin. The essays consider intriguing interpretive issues that arise when a woman performer represents another woman’s life. In the second section, seven performers—Tami Spry, Jacqueline Taylor, Linda Park-Fuller, Joni Jones, Terri Galloway, Linda M. Montano, and Laila Farah—tell their own stories. Ranging from narrrative lectures (sometimes aided by slides and props) to theatrical performances, their works wrest comic and dramatic meaning from a world too often chaotic and painful. Their performances engage issues of sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, loss of parent, disability, life and death, and war and peace. The volume as a whole highlights issues of representation, identity, and staging in autobiographical performance. It examines the links among theory and criticism of women’s autobiography, feminist performance theory, and performance practice.
“Voices Made Flesh does a better job of evoking the performed script than does any other collection of dramatic or performance art scripts I have seen.”—Michael Bowman, Louisiana State University
From the five-star reviews on Amazon:
Voices Made Flesh is a collaborative effort of scholarly women’s voices in the area of performance studies. The collection demonstrates a wide variety of possible research methods and presentation approaches to deep our understanding of women’s experiences of themselves, others and our collective lives. These researchers take on many different topics and make every effort to explain their closely woven personal and scholarly development process from idea, to research, to final product. All the while giving the reader access to her own imagination and potential creative process. A fun read and an inspiring group of projects. A gift to both the fields of Theatre and Performance Studies.