By Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes
We all have an animal story—the puppy we enjoyed, the wild animal that captured our youth mind's eye, the deer the neighbor hit whereas riding. whereas clinical breakthroughs in animal cognition, the consequences of world weather swap and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary box of animal reviews have complex issues, such tales stay part of how we inform the tale of being human. Animal Acts collects 11 interesting, provocative, and relocating tales through solo performers, followed by way of statement that areas the works in a broader context.
Work via best theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others joins remark through significant students together with Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. Una Chaudhuri’s advent offers an essential beginning for realizing and appreciating the intersection of animal reports and function. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, category, kingdom, and different matters valuable to the human undertaking in the discourse of the “post human,” and may entice readers attracted to solo functionality, animal reviews, gender reviews, functionality reviews, and environmental studies.
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Look what I got for you! Look! Why are you not looking! ”8 Presto! Quoted passages without endnotes are all from Holly Hughes, The Dog and Pony Show (bring your own pony). 2. Suzy McKee Charnas wrote the feminist science fiction that ecstatically and reproductively coupled the freedom-Â�inventing Riding Women of the Grassslands and horses in ways Jesus (and horses) might have found alarming, but Holly and I might both have taught. I did. Divisions in feministland break down on humanimal lines.
On the table, there was a drawing in charcoal of a black dog. There appeared to have been a struggle. The window was broken. In the corner of the room the television was playing the Elizabeth Taylor film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Music: “That’s Me without You” fades out. GEORGE: A wolf? LIZ: No, a dog. GEORGE: Whatever happened to the black dog? George picks up a boot brush and begins to brush her shoe. LIZ: I used to live across the street from the meanest dog in town. His owner called him Charlie, but everyone knew him as Manson.
And no Starbucks. We are not Robert Frost after all. Dogs lead us back to a place where we can sit for a moment. Catch our breath. They wait till we’re ready to go on. We wake up early to seize the day. , the day has soured. Everything is hard. 23 24 a n ima l a c ts The phone rings. That is hard. Or it doesn’t ring and that’s also hard. Esther is not here and it’s hard. Or she’s next to me and that is also hard. We love each other but it’s work. And sometimes we just don’t feel like working. I don’t just want to kill time, I want to take time out back and blow its goddamn head off.