Performing Dream Homes

Theater and the Spatial Politics of the Domestic Sphere

  • Emily Klein
  • Jennifer-Scott Mobley
  • Jill Stevenson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Emily Klein, Jennifer-Scott Mobley, Jill Stevenson
      Pages 3-17
  3. Family Homes on Stage

  4. Making Home Material

  5. Home as Public Performance

  6. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Jill Stevenson, Jennifer-Scott Mobley, Emily Klein
      Pages 229-231
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-238

About this book


This anthology explores how theatre and performance use home as the prism through which we reconcile shifts in national, cultural, and personal identity. Whether examining parlor dramas and kitchen sink realism, site-specific theatre, travelling tent shows, domestic labor, border performances, fences, or front yards, these essays demonstrate how dreams of home are enmeshed with notions of neighborhood, community, politics, and memory. Recognizing the family home as a symbolic space that extends far beyond its walls, the nine contributors to this collection study diverse English-language performances from the US, Ireland, and Canada. These scholars of theatre history, dramaturgy, performance, cultural studies, feminist and gender studies, and critical race studies also consider the value of home at a time increasingly defined by crises of homelessness — a moment when major cities face affordable housing shortages, when debates about homeland and citizenship have dominated international elections, and when conflicts and natural disasters have displaced millions. Global struggles over immigration, sanctuary, refugee status and migrant labor make the stakes of home and homelessness ever more urgent and visible, as this timely collection reveals.


American Dream Property Precarity Clybourne Park Beneatha’s Place Feminist Theatre Susan Glaspell Marie Jones Rachel's House Realism

Editors and affiliations

  • Emily Klein
    • 1
  • Jennifer-Scott Mobley
    • 2
  • Jill Stevenson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EnglishSaint Mary’s College of CaliforniaMoraga, CAUSA
  2. 2.School of Theatre and DanceEast Carolina UniversityGreenville, NCUSA
  3. 3.Department of Theatre ArtsMarymount Manhattan CollegeNew York, NYUSA

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