A selection of published and forthcoming works which showcase the plays, policy writing, or community cultural methodologies of Roadside Theater 

 

ART IN A DEMOCRACY: SELECTED PLAYS OF ROADSIDE THEATER, ed. Dudley Cocke & Amy Brooks (2019)

A forthcoming two-volume anthology of 10 original Roadside scripts, framed by 11 critical essays which examine the plays in their dramaturgical, historical, and contemporary cultural contexts. The award-winning plays and their accompanying essays will trace Roadside’s rural coalfield origin through its 43-year development of Appalachia’s first regionally-produced body of original musical drama, its experience touring 45 states and six foreign countries, and its proven methodology for building diverse, inclusive audiences reflective of whole communities.

AN IDEAL THEATER: FOUNDING VISIONS FOR A NEW AMERICAN ART, ed. Todd London (2013)

A wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by the noted writer and arts commentator, Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling this collection.

LOCAL ACTS: COMMUNITY-BASED PERFORMANCE IN THE UNITED STATES, Jan Cohen-Cruz (2005)

Local Acts presents a long-overdue survey of community-based performance from its early roots, through its flourishing during the politically-turbulent 1960s, to present-day popular culture. Drawing on nine case studies, including groups such as the African American Junebug Productions, the Appalachian Roadside Theater, and the Puerto Rican Teatro Pregones, Jan Cohen-Cruz provides detailed descriptions of performances and processes, first-person stories, and analysis.

 

ENSEMBLE WORKS: AN ANTHOLOGY, ed. Ferdinand Lewis (2005)

This collection includes plays by the most important ensemble theater companies working today: Roadside Theater (Whitesburg, Kentucky), Pregones Theater (Bronx, New York), Junebug Productions (New Orleans, Louisiana), Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania), A Traveling Jewish Theatre (San Francisco, California), Touchstone Theatre (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), The Carpetbag Theatre (Knoxville, Tennessee), the Dell’Arte Company (Blue Lake, California) and Goat Island Performance Group (Chicago, Illinois). 

JOURNEYS HOME: REVEALING A ZUNI-APPALACHIA COLLABORATION, ed. Dudley Cocke, Donna Porterfield & Edward Wemytewa (2002)

This 112-page, bilingual book with accompanying compact disc probes the sixteen-year collaboration between artists from two of our nation's most traditional cultures -- Zuni Native American and Appalachian.  Edited by Dudley Cocke, Donna Porterfield, and Edward Wemytewa, and published by Zuni A:shiwi Publishing in 2002, the book is available from University of New Mexico Press.

VOICES FROM THE BATTLEFRONT: ACHIEVING CULTURAL EQUITY, ed. Marta Morena Vega & Cheryll Y. Greene (1993)

"Voices From the Battlefront is an informative, powerful, provocative 'scream'. The many authors, representing African, Asian, Latino, European and Native cultures and their descendants, though singing in different styles and tones are nonetheless singing the same songs in harmony.... I challenge anyone to read these essays with an open heart and mind and not be changed..."--Stephanie S. Hughley, Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA

 

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