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Sky Gilbert, Daniel MacIvor, and the man in the hotel room: queer gossip, community narrative, and theatre history
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology and Performance Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2013 (English)In: Theatre Research in Canada, ISSN 1196-1198, E-ISSN 1913-9101, Vol. 34, no 2, 187-215 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay outlines how the gossip surrounding Tennessee Williams’s visit to Vancouver in 1980 has influenced the narratives of gay communities and in so doing contributed to queer theatre history in Canada. Stories of Williams inviting young men to his hotel room and asking them to read from the Bible inspired Sky Gilbert and Daniel MacIvor to each write a play based on these events. The essay argues that Gilbert and MacIvor transcend the localized specificity of the initial rumours and deploy gossip as a tool to articulate a process of sexual and cultural marginalization, thereby fostering a dialogue with the past. This dialogue marks a crucial and pedagogical task in gay and queer theatre to address the on-going needs of an ever-changing community.

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Toronto: Graduate Centre for Study of Drama , 2013. Vol. 34, no 2, 187-215 p.
Keyword [en]
Tennessee Williams, gossip, queer, Canadian theatre, Sky Gilbert, Daniel MacIvor
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Performing Arts
Research subject
Theatre Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-91074OAI: diva2:630440
Available from: 2013-06-18 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2015-12-15Bibliographically approved

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