Christine Mok, Theater and Performance Scholar - Lecture
Christine Mok’s work in theatre and performance studies, critical race theory, and American cultural history focuses on the people, places, and performances where the limits of theatrical representation rub up against the limits of racial representation. This talk, The Last Asian American Play in the Whole Entire World taken from her current book manuscript on the changing claims that contemporary Asian American cultural production makes for the theatre, examines the work of experimental playwright and director Young Jean Lee. "The Last Asian American Play in the Whole Entire World” considers Lee’s “Asian American identity-politics play,” Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, to frame failure as a dramaturgy for racial identity and identification, a disorientation that imagines alternative modes of being and belonging.
Free and open to the public.
Christine Mok is assistant professor of Drama and Performance in the department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. At UC, she is the Director of the Helen Weinberger Center for the Study of Drama and Playwriting. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama. She will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Rhode Island in the Fall of 2017.
Part of the Staging Asian America Performance and Lecture Series.
The Staging Asian America performance and lecture series is sponsored by the Committee on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Theater, Dance & Media, with special thanks to the Harvard Provostial Fund for the Arts and the Donald T. Regan Fund for making the series possible.