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PLAY - Dramaturgies of Participation


Dramaturgies of Participation

By Jenn Stephenson & Mariah Horner
Illustrated by Jeff McGilton
Subjects: Essays, Nonfiction / Essays, Theatre Studies, History & Criticism
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369105042, 512 pages, June 2024


From escape rooms to TikTok to Tim Hortons’s “Roll Up the Rim to Win” to DIY everything, participatory performance is ingrained in the very fabric of our contemporary society. Written in a series of alphabetical, standalone mini essays that activate the reader as a participant who chooses their own path, PLAY: Dramaturgies of Participation collects, describes, and analyzes live performances in which the audience become participants in the piece itself.

Jenn Stephenson and Mariah Horner explore the parallels between participatory theatre and the interactive phenomenon where the passive consumer is now engaging with their content. In a world where participation is key to our social interaction, Stephenson and Horner find a unique approach to understanding our relationship with theatre, and by extension, each other.