Crowds, Cruelty, Communion
The work of director, playwright, essayist, and poet Antonin Artaud—the subject of Terry Allen’s exhibition currently on view at SITE—has had a lasting influence, particularly among theater scholars, who consider his 1938 book Le Théâtre et son double (The Theater and Its Double) a classic text of the avant-garde. Both his writings and his tragic, tortured life have contributed to his veneration. Join us to hear Jannarone, Associate Professor of Theater Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as she presents a radical re-thinking of one of the most canonized figures in theater history, theory, and practice—one that will generate provocative new discussions about Artaud and fundamentally challenge the way we look at his work and ideas. Her book, Artaud and His Doubles, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press later this year.