Policing Performance

Friday, November 16
1:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107
1020 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This public dialogue series, supported by the Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brings together scholars of print revolutions past and present with practitioners working on the frontiers of today’s information revolution. These events will not be formal panels with presented papers, but freeform discussions in which experts bounce ideas off each other, discovering rich parallels between our work and sharing them in real time. Taking place from October through November, the eight dialogues will unite historians, editors, novelists, poets, and activists, and will be filmed and shared online, to let the public enjoy and continue the discussions. For more details on the series and related events, please visit voices.uchicago.edu/censorship.

November 16: Policing Performance

Performers and an audience—in a way, theatrical performance is a technology whose fundamentals have not changed since antiquity. This week we explore the history of theater censorship, using it as a contrast case to ask how information technologies have—or haven’t—affected a medium which seems so unchanging.

Brice Stratford & the Droll Players (performing banned 17th century plays)
Stephen Nicholson (UK theater censorship)
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (burlesque performance)
Cory Doctorow in person (digital information policy)



Banned Plays presented by the Owle Schreame Players
November 15 & 17
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 701

In 1642 theater was made illegal. Theater didn’t die. Without a stage, without costumes or props, one man made it his mission to keep performing and to keep British theater alive – stitching together half-remembered Shakespearean scenes and strange medieval interludes, soaking them in sex and violence and bawdy, unintellectual humour. So it was that a strange and dangerous new type of illegal theatre was born: The Droll.

These events are free and open to the public.

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