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Katrina on Stage

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6 x 9, 296 pp.
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ISBN 978-0-8101-2750-0 / $27.95

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Katrina on Stage
Five Plays
Suzanne M. Trauth
Lisa S. Brenner

Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast almost six years ago, in late August 2005, and while it was immediately known that the loss of life and damage were extensive, the full extent of both are ongoing and incalculable. The plays collected in this volume give artistic expression to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, especially at the level of individual lives forever altered. Besides telling the kinds of stories that the news media could not, these plays explore the deeply rooted problems plaguing New Orleans and illuminate many social, political, and environmental issues central to American life. The factual basis of these plays serves a documentary purpose, but, as drama, they personalize the events surrounding the storm, depicting unimaginable anguish, powerlessness, and displacement as well as courage, communal spirit, and activism. The plays collected here show how theater can both enhance our understanding of disastrous events and facilitate a sense of community between audiences and those who experienced them. The rich additional materials include interviews with the playwrights, an afterword by Aimée Hayes of the Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, and a bibliography of further reading.

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