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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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Contemporary Debates in Fair Trade

What are the key debates in the fair trade movement at this time? How does sustainability look in the cannabis industry and what are the challenges to certification and ethical consumerism? How are brands and companies in the apparel sector organized?

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Chinatown Staging

Does photographic representation in New York’s Chinatowns continue to perpetuate visual stereotypes of contemporary Chinese culture?

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Alien Detention Across the Americas

In the United States, federal detention of immigrants began in the early 1880s to enforce the government’s first national immigration laws against Chinese laborers and people with contagious diseases and mental illnesses. Today, almost half a million aliens are detained each year in the United States, making up the fastest growing part of the prison population.

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Procedures For Saying No: Interrogating the Authorial Voice in Devised Performance

In the summer of 2016, Rebecca Lingafelter teamed up with students Rosemary Lambert and Sophie Swenson to collaborate with nationally recognized playwright Robert Camp and Portland Experimental Theatre to develop and produce a new piece of devised theatre, Procedures For Saying No, that investigated the role of the playwright in devised theatre and contemporary performance.

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