Worldmaking: Race, Performance and the Work of Creativity with Dorinne Kond...

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Note: Your ticket includes - and is the same price as - the book.


The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Dorinne Kondo and friends sharing excerpts from her new book, including live performances of selected scenes from Seamless, her full length play about the emotional afterlife of Japanese American incarceration, and contained in full within Worldmaking.

Grounded in critical ethnographic work, Worldmaking theorizes racialized labor, aesthetics, affect, genre, and structural inequality in contemporary theater. The text upends genre, interleaving analysis with vignettes and Kondo's full-length play Seamless. The book journeys from an initial romance with theater that is shattered by encounters with racism, toward reparative creativity in the work of minoritarian artists Anna Deavere Smith, David Henry Hwang, and Kondo's own. Worldmaking theorizes and performs the ways the arts can remake worlds, from theater worlds to inner, psychic worlds to worldmaking visions for social transformation.



Dorinne Kondo is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Her books include the award-winning Crafting Selves: Power, Gender and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace (J.I. Staley Prize from the School for Advanced Research, for a book that has influenced the field of Anthropology), and About Face: Performing Race in Fashion and Theater (Cultural and Literary Studies Prize, Association for Asian American Studies). Kondo served as dramaturg for three plays by Anna Deavere Smith, including Twilight: Los Angeles, about the 1992 uprisings.



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