Good for the Jews? A Symposium of Scholars and Artists on Jewish Identity in American Theater and Performance

Sat, Dec 11, 2010 (All day)
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Program in American Studies
Lewis Center for the Arts

Emily Mann; Donald Marguiles

Left: Emily Mann. Photo by Matt Pilsner. Right: Donald Marguiles. Photo by Donald Marguiles

This day-long symposium showcased current scholarship on United States Jewish theater and performance, and raised provocative questions about the meaning of Jewish identity in American cultural production at large. Scholars, playwrights, critics, directors, and performers discussed their work, shared ideas, and issued challenges to those involved in thinking about performance through the lens of Jewish identity. Each speaker delivered a short talk or performance, and then students moderated a Q & A and discussion among the panel speakers and the symposium audience. Interviews with McCarter Theater artistic director and multi-award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies framed the day.

Organized by Jill Dolan, professor of theater, the Annan Professor in English and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Stacy Wolf, professor of theater and director of the Princeton Atelier.