When Life Gives You Risk, Make Risk Theatre: Three Tragedies and Six Essays (Paperback)
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Creators, Innovators, and Theatremakers:
Defy the Smallness of the Stage
With the Greatness of Your Daring
Wong's first book upended tragic literary theory by arguing that risk is the dramatic fulcrum of the action. It also launched an international playwriting competition (risktheatre.com). His second book expands on how chance directs the action, both on and off the stage.
Inside you will find three risk theatre tragedies by acclaimed playwrights: In Bloom (Gabriel Jason Dean), The Value (Nicholas Dunn), and Children of Combs and Watch Chains (Emily McClain). From the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the motel rooms and doctors' offices lining interstate expressways, these plays-by simulating risk-will show you how theatre is a dress rehearsal for life.
Six risk theatre essays round off this volume. In a dazzling display from Aeschylus to Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, and Arthur Miller, Wong reinterprets theatre through chance and probability theory. After risk theatre, you will never look at literature in the same way.
Tomorrow, Whoever Says Drama will Say Ris.