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Manikin Plays: Two Contemporary Plays

Manikin Plays: Two Contemporary Plays (Hardback)

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The plays in this collection reflect on the political and social issues of contemporary Indian society. Stone Idols retells the story of Buddha through the experience of an actress in a theatre group. The play addresses the complexities of self and identity while deconstructing the mythical story of Buddha. The Beauty Parlour shows the contradictions of an urban middle class girl who is victimized by the male gaze and market economy. The play is set in an Indian urban metropolis where the central character lives a life with tremendous pressure in terms of day-to-day living. The plays in this collection address the issues of sexuality and gender politics that are widespread in Indian social and cultural life. This is a rare collection of two plays with a rare combination of innovative style, literary brilliance and philosophical insights. The book includes critical essays and production photographs.

Film, TV & DramaTheatrePlays, playscripts Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 29/08/2013 ISBN-13: 9781443849418  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sreenath Nair is a Senior Lecturer at the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. Educated in India and the UK, he received his PhD from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, in 2007. His publications include Restoration of Breath: Consciousness and Performance (New York & Amsterdam, 2007) and Natyasastra and Indian Performance Studies (North Carolina: McFarland, 2013). He was awarded the Leverhulme International Fellowship in 2011 and the Scholar-in Residence appointment at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2012. He is the guest-editor of two journal special issues on Indian theatre for the South Asian Film and Media by Intellect.

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