Performing Other: Constructing Race and Gender Onstage and Off

January 7, 2009

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What is the performative nature of race?  How do we learn to read gender in an increasingly androgynous society?

Co-sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Chicago and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, panelists include: Holly Hughes, Performance Artist; Romi Crawford, School of the Art Institute; Tanya Saracho, playwright and co-founder of Teatro Luna; and E. Patrick Johnson, Chair of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

CONTEXT, the issues series produced by Goodman Theatre, engages our community - here at the theater and across the city - in conversations that both illuminate our productions and act as catalysts for deeper exploration. Unlike post-show discussions that focus primarily on the production, CONTEXT events concentrate on particular issues raised within the plays and explore how they resonate in today's culture. Whether looking at the issues of identity and how we define ourselves, or how issues of race and class play themselves out in Latin America, CONTEXT offers public space for debate and discussion.

 

Recorded Wednesday, January 07, 2009 at Chicago Cultural Center.