Staging Recovery as Home Work in Rachel’s House

  • Jessie Glover


In her discursive study of the domestic, Glover details the creation of Rachel’s House, a play crafted out of verbatim excerpts from interviews with residents of a residential community recovery program in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. In the play, Rachel’s House is a domestic space constructed and enacted through the labor of talk—what Glover calls home work. It is also a space for experimentation and recovery, made manifest through the iterative process of self-narration, an activity explicitly presented as the essential labor of this home. Glover shows how Rachel’s House is not separate from, but always in contact with, the conditions that make it necessary, and how its performance invites the audience into a home where risk and recovery are fundamental to the environment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessie Glover
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  1. 1.Department of Theatre & DanceOtterbein UniversityWestervilleCanada

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