Alan P. Barr has brought together eleven world-class modern plays by women that show not only their artistry but also their variety and their passion. Drawn from nine different countries (other than the United States and England) that use English as their literary language, the plays reflect the concerns of women across the globe. The imagery and dramatic conventions may shift and the tones vary, but the need to be strong (and its difficulty), the sense of a world that is anything but nurturing or ideal, and the suspect nature of family life and relations are constant themes. The struggle over language, in countries that are very often ex-colonies, conveys the frequent overlap between feminist and postcolonial focuses. The diversity of Englishes on stages from Singapore to South Africa is a lovely curtain call to this theater festival.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. X, 494 pp.
Contents: Lady Gregory: The Rising of the Moon (Ireland, 1907) – Ama Ata Aidoo: Anowa (Ghana, 1970) – Sharon Pollock: Blood
Relations (Canada, 1980) – Judith Thompson: The Crackwalker (Canada, 1980) – Stella Kon: Emily of Emerald Hill (Singapore,
1984) – Renée: Wednesday to Come (New Zealand, 1985) – Alma De Groen: The Rivers of China (Australia, 1986) – Tess A. Onwueme:
The Reign of Wazobia (Nigeria, 1993) – Susan Pam-Grant: Curl Up and Dye (South Africa, 1993) – Christina Reid: Tea in a China
Cup (Northern Ireland, 1983) – Marina Carr: Portia Coughlan (Ireland, 1996).