Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York by Hillary Miller

By Hillary Miller

Winner, 2017 American Theater and Drama Society John W. Frick publication Award

Hillary Miller’s Drop lifeless: functionality in hindrance, Nineteen Seventies New York deals a desirable and entire exploration of the way the city’s monetary drawback formed theater and function practices during this turbulent decade and beyond.

New York City’s appearing arts group suffered tremendously from a critical relief in gives you within the mid-1970s. A pupil and playwright, Miller skillfully synthesizes economics, city making plans, tourism, and immigration to create a map of the interconnected city panorama and to contextualize the fight for assets. She experiences how a number of theater pros, together with Ellen Stewart of los angeles MaMa E.T.C. and Julie Bovasso, Vinnette Carroll, and Joseph Papp of the general public Theater, constructed leading edge responses to outlive the crisis.

Combining theater background and shut readings of productions, every one of Miller’s chapters is a case research targeting a firm, a construction, or a component of latest York’s theater infrastructure. Her expansive survey visits Broadway, Off-, Off-Off-, Coney Island, the Brooklyn Academy of tune, neighborhood theater, and different destinations to carry into concentration the large-scale alterations wrought through the monetary realignments of the day.

Nuanced, multifaceted, and interesting, Miller’s energetic account of the monetary difficulty and ensuing transformation of the appearing arts group bargains a vital chronicle of the last decade and demonstrates its value in knowing our current moment.

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