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Our Ruined House: a process of artistic telephone

This summer Associate Professor Rebecca Lingafelter and her fellow company members of the Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble (PETE) conclude a three-year long process of artistic telephone between scripted and devised material in the world premiere of Our Ruined House by Robert Camp. The piece presents a series of overlapping narratives examining the geopolitical through the lens of the interpersonal. In a fusion of cold-war era Russian spy thriller and kitchen-sink drama, the notion of truth is put into question as a constructed paradox spearheading our desire to ‘win’ in both arenas of romantic and geopolitical relationships. This research project will investigate the creative process behind Our Ruined House as a foreground to examine the manifestation of a successful relationship between devised and the playwright scripted material. Can the artistic collaborators behind the production capture the fierce theatricality that results from a devised process inside of a scripted play, while simultaneously benefiting from the form and structure that a scripted text offers?

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The Clitheroe Abduction Case and the Late-Victorian Marriage Question

Feminist legal historians have characterized the 1891 Clitheroe Abduction case as a landmark in the emancipation of Victorian women. This law and literature project reconstructs and analyzes narratives about the case. Our goal is to explore how one sensational episode converged with New Women essays to bring debates about the Victorian “marriage question” to life.

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