The Rehearsal

Pigeon Theatre’s Trilogy of Performance Works on Playing Dead

Edited by Anna Fenemore

The Rehearsal

Edited by Anna Fenemore

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

189 pages | 15 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841505565 Published July 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Pigeon Theatre—comprised of Anna Fenemore, Gillian Knox, and Amanda Griffkin—specializes in experimental works that incorporate non-traditional spaces, unconventional social arrangements, and shared intimacies between performer and audience. A trilogy of site-specific performance texts, The Rehearsal raises questions about theinterplay in contemporary theater between the process of rehearsal and the theatrical metaphors that shape our everyday dealings with trauma, including death. Accompanied by critical essays, these studio-based works—developed using verbatim strategies—explore the double meaning of “playing dead.”

List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
      Anna Fenemore

Chapter 1—(Beginnings) Playing Dead: Rehearsals for Dying
      Anna Fenemore
Playtext 1—The Rehearsal (a trilogy), Part 1: Death Rattle
Chapter 2—I’m Dead, You’re Dead: Imagining and Rehearsing (For) The End
      Allan Kellehear
Playtext 2—The Rehearsal (a trilogy), Part 2: Clinging On
Chapter 3—The Performance of Death: A Sociological Perspective
      Carol Komaromy
Playtext 3—The Rehearsal (a trilogy), Part 3: Happy Hour
Chapter 4—(Endings) Death Becomes Us
      Alan Fair

The Rehearsal (a trilogy) based on interviews with . . .
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