Witch Fulfillment with Jane Barnette

Join KU Theatre professor Jane Barnette on a journey into the witchy theatre arts with her new book Witch Fulfillment! Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is free and open to the public. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Witch Fulfillment: Adaptation Dramaturgy and Casting the Witch for Stage and Screen addresses the Witch as a theatrical type on twenty-first-century-North American stages and screens, seen through the lenses of casting, design, and adaptation, with attention paid to why these patterns persist, and what wishes they fulfil.

Witch Fulfillment examines the Witch in performance, considering how actors embody iconic roles designated as witches (casting), and how dramaturgical choices (adaptation) heighten their witchy power. Through analysis of Witch characters ranging from Elphaba to Medea, classic plays such as The Crucible and Macbeth, feminist adaptations - including SycoraxObeah Opera, and Jen Silverman’s Witch - and popular culture offerings, like the Scarlet Witch and Jinkx Monsoon, this book examines the dramaturgical meanings of adapting and embodying witchy roles in the twenty-first century.

This book contends that the Witch represents a crucial category of analysis for inclusive theatre and performance and will be of interest to theatre practitioners and designers, along with theatre, witchcraft, and occult studies scholars.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Barnette is the Head of Dramaturgy and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kansas (KU), where she teaches courses in dramaturgy, theatre history, and script analysis, as well as seminars in theatrical adaptation and the performance of gender and sexuality. Barnette’s research includes feminist adaptations, student-centered pedagogy, and depictions of witchy characters onstage and in popular culture.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Witch Fulfillment: Adaptation Dramaturgy and Casting the Witch for Stage and Screen By Jane Barnette Cover Image
$77.34
ISBN: 9781032226293
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Routledge - December 19th, 2023

Witch Fulfillment: Adaptation Dramaturgy & Casting the Witch for Stage & Screen addresses the Witch as a theatrical type on twenty-first century North American stages and screens, seen through the lens of casting, design, and adaptation, with attention paid to why these patterns persist, and what wishes they fulfil.


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