Environmental horror and white extinction: scenes of literally ecological theatre in ‘Escaped Alone’ by Caryl Churchill and ‘The Evening’ by Richard Maxwell

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Abstract

The theatrical realities of ecology, race, and the stage provide the material support for the composition of life on earth. A literalist ecological approach to performance studies rematerializes theatre beyond a racist anthropocentricity of metaphorical representation and proposes a path to intersectional environmental justice. Escaped Alone (2016) by Caryl Churchill presents a horrifically accurate report of ecological harm directly to the audience. The Evening (2016) by Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players imagines an extinction of whiteness. Both plays are ecological insomuch as they reconfigure the actual conditions of theatrical representation to make meaning of collapse.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTDR/The Drama Review
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 21 Feb 2024

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