Captive audience : prison and captivity in contemporary by Thomas Fahy, Kimball King

By Thomas Fahy, Kimball King

This all-new assortment examines the social, gendered, ethnic, and cultural difficulties of incarceration as explored in modern theatre.

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With gathering momentum through the Renaissance and Romanticism up to our time, confessional speech becomes more and more crucial in defining concepts—sincerity, authenticity—that we are supposed to live by. (2, 5–6) 3. Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, South Carolina. November 22, 1994. ) 4. Reading through local newspaper accounts during the nine days between the “disappearance” and Smith’s confession is fascinating, because we know what happened and what is to come. We wait for the recognition scene, anticipating how people will react to being lied to.

As the audience, we do not perform as detectives who believe in the virtues of hardcore evidence, clues, detection, pathology, nor as priests or gods who wait to hear confessions and take care by forgiving trespasses. The theatrical audience is there to imagine what it must have felt like for victim and perpetrator, and why what happened took place. We are in this Third Space, a place neither here nor there, one in which people are masked and made up and speak lies. The theater is a space for confessions, but only the kind that are never over.

Susan places her hands over her ears. MR. ZERO: She has only me, After she removes our hands From our ears. SUSAN uncovers her ears slowly. MR. ZERO stares at her, picks up one of the composite sketch pictures, stares at it, and he slowly exits. Stage fades to black. (Eady 41–44) SUSAN: Because we have no answers, we imagine possibilities; Mr. Zero steps forward. The theater is the perfect place to reenact the scene of the crime. As the audience, we do not perform as detectives who believe in the virtues of hardcore evidence, clues, detection, pathology, nor as priests or gods who wait to hear confessions and take care by forgiving trespasses.

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