Dramaturgies of risky play

Two (risky) case studies

Erika Hughes

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In this descriptive autoethnographic essay, I discuss my work on risky play as a dramaturgical framework in two recent performances for young audiences—one traditional, one site-specific—staged in the U.S. metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona. I directed the first, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, in February 2015, and one year later I collaborated with a youth artist to create and perform in The Light Rail Plays on the Valley Metro light rail commuter train system with Rising Youth Theatre. Through both productions, I sought to investigate potential ways in which risk might function dramaturgically in two different youth-focused performance environments. These diverse experiences taught me much about the ways in which I use risk (and its aversion) to negate and control the spaces in which I (claim to) seek to enable empowerment and action. Through this journey, I came to understand risky play as a powerful strategy to facilitate problem solving onstage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalYouth Theatre Journal
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

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Dramaturgies of risky play : Two (risky) case studies. / Hughes, Erika.

In: Youth Theatre Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1, 02.01.2017, p. 35-47.

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Hughes, Erika. / Dramaturgies of risky play : Two (risky) case studies. In: Youth Theatre Journal. 2017 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 35-47.
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