Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theater and Performance (Northwestern University Press, 2021) brings together leading historians to share the history of theater and performance in Chicago. Boston College Associate Professor of Theatre Stuart J. Hecht is one of the book’s co-editors, along with Megan E. Geigner (Northwestern University) and Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud (Seattle University). By putting space at the center of the city’s theater history, the essays in Makeshift Chicago Stages spotlight the roles of neighborhoods, racial dynamics, atypical venues, and borders as integral to understanding the work and aesthetics of Chicago’s artists, ensembles, and repertoires, which have influenced theater practices worldwide. Featuring rich archival work and oral histories, this anthology is a valuable resource for theater historians, as well as anyone interested in Chicago’s cultural heritage.
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