Animal Acts: Performing Species Today by Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes

By Una Chaudhuri, Holly Hughes

We all have an animal story—the puppy we enjoyed, the wild animal that captured our formative years mind's eye, the deer the neighbor hit whereas using. whereas medical breakthroughs in animal cognition, the results of worldwide weather switch and dwindling animal habitats, and the exploding interdisciplinary box of animal reports have advanced issues, such tales stay part of how we inform the tale of being human. Animal Acts collects 11 fascinating, provocative, and relocating tales through solo performers, followed through observation that locations the works in a broader context.

Work by means of best theater artists Holly Hughes, Rachel Rosenthal, Deke Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, and others joins remark by way of significant students together with Donna Haraway, Jane Desmond, Jill Dolan, and Nigel Rothfels. Una Chaudhuri’s creation presents a necessary beginning for knowing and appreciating the intersection of animal reviews and function. The anthology foregrounds questions of race, gender, sexuality, type, state, and different concerns primary to the human undertaking in the discourse of the “post human,” and should attract readers drawn to solo functionality, animal reports, gender stories, functionality stories, and environmental studies.

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A long, long way to run. Liz crosses downstage right and sees a dog in the distance. She begins to act like she’s Elizabeth Taylor in Lassie Come Home. LIZ: Lassie, come home! Come home to Mama! 45 46 a n ima l a c ts Liz looks over at George and is suddenly terrified at what she’s about to do. LIZ: Oh my God! She covers her mouth with her gloved hand. Foreboding film noir Music plays. The gloved hand chokes her neck as though it is threatening her. LIZ: Do nothing and everything will be done? But the deed was done.

Presto is not my son. Nevertheless, I am very excited. So all day I’m telling him, this is your big day, buddy! Boy, are you really going to have fun! I’m taking my son to the whore with a heart of gold, and I’m really happy about it, we’ll pay through the nose, she won’t get anything out of it, but I want to buy everyone in Lansing, Michigan, a drink. Time comes, there’s a line, like the cafeteria line at school. Bored looks on all, animal and human. The romance starts to evaporate, even the romance of the idealized whorehouse.

George struggles, but Liz overpowers her until she appears dead. Liz takes the pillow off George’s head, and the white feathers stick to the shaving cream. Her entire head is feathered. George looks like a giant fluffy white poodle. The film noir music is coming to a climax as Liz takes out George’s knife. Liz grabs George by the hair and exposes her neck. Her hand is shaking as it appears that she is about to slit George’s throat. Instead she begins to tenderly shave the feathers off George with the knife.

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