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Native Studies Colloquium: "Earth Matters on Stage"

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 3:30pm

Virtual Event

Book Talk: Earth Matters on Stage: Ecology, Environment and American Theatre.

Theresa May, Department of Theater Arts, University of Oregon


Earth Matters on Stage (Routledge 2020) maps how theater in the US has reflected and responded to the nation’s environmental history during the 20th century. Beginning with plays and performances that forwarded the ecological violence of settler colonialism, through the important role of grassroots theater and the arts during the civil rights movements, to the present era of climate justice, the book argues that theater is a crucial tool of democracy, a place to embody the stories of relation that carry us toward a just, compassionate, and sustainable society. Or, as dramatist Monique Mojica (Kuna/Rappahannock) writes, a place to “spin possible worlds into being.” 

Theresa May is Associate Professor in the Department of Theater Arts at the University of Oregon.  In addition to this book, she is author of Salmon Is Everything: Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed and Greening Up Our Houses: A Guide to an Ecologically Sound Theatre.