By Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes
We all have an animal story—the puppy we enjoyed, the wild animal that captured our early life mind's eye, the deer the neighbor hit whereas riding. whereas clinical breakthroughs in animal cognition, the results of world weather switch and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary box of animal experiences have advanced issues, such tales stay part of how we inform the tale of being human. Animal Acts collects 11 intriguing, provocative, and relocating tales via solo performers, observed by means of remark that locations the works in a broader context.
Work via prime theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others joins observation by way of significant students together with Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. Una Chaudhuri’s advent presents a necessary origin for figuring out and appreciating the intersection of animal reports and function. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, type, kingdom, and different concerns valuable to the human undertaking in the discourse of the “post human,” and may attract readers attracted to solo functionality, animal experiences, gender reviews, functionality reviews, and environmental studies.
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Liz grabs George by the hair and exposes her neck. Her hand is shaking as it appears that she is about to slit George’s throat. Instead she begins to tenderly shave the feathers off George with the knife. Foreboding film noir music slowly fades out. Liz shaves George and is in a constant battle with herself in the monologue. st ay ! LIZ (shaves George with the knife): The black dog, I made it up, please don’t tell her. It’s my way of keeping her close to me. I want her close to me, but out of my way.
And when she said that a hope sprang up inside me: I wanted her always in my life. Impossible, sentimental. To think that just because you love someone you will always have them in your life. Don’t the dogs teach us this? Dogs bring death into the house. Every week they drop some half-Â�eaten thing at your feet. So happy, proud: “Look what I got for you! Look! Why are you not looking! ” They watch as you pick it up and throw it away. XI. Dogs are what happened when we stopped. When we stayed in one place.
In high seas. In high season. A dog in season. I’m in season. Follow my scent. Take me doggy style. Take me like a great dame. Liz Taylor. Dog on a hot tin roof. Ruff. . ” st ay ! GEORGE: It bounced over the waves until it reached her. ” I said. ” She turned in the water and swam toward my voice. She swam toward me. All the while knowing that true north was in the opposite direction. LIZ: Overboard! It’s over. We’re bored. George is angry with Liz. Liz gets off the table and picks up the ukulele.