The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected

January 28, 2019|
The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected by Edwin Wong
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WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, BIRNAM WOOD COMES TO DUNSINANE HILL

The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy presents a profoundly original theory of drama that speaks to modern audiences living in an increasingly volatile world driven by artificial intelligence, gene editing, globalization, and mutual assured destruction ideologies. Tragedy, according to risk theatre, puts us face to face with the unexpected implications of our actions by simulating the profound impact of highly improbable events.

In this book, classicist Edwin Wong shows how tragedy imitates reality: heroes, by taking inordinate risks, trigger devastating low-probability, high-consequence outcomes. Such a theatre forces audiences to ask themselves a most timely question---what happens when the perfect bet goes wrong?

Not only does Wong reinterpret classic tragedies from Aeschylus to O'Neill through the risk theatre lens, he also invites dramatists to create tomorrow's theatre. As the world becomes increasingly unpredictable, the most compelling dramas will be high-stakes tragedies that dramatize the unintended consequences of today's risk takers who are taking us past the point of no return....
Edwin Wong founded the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwright Competition with Langham Court Theatre to align tragedy with the modern fascination with uncertainty and chance. It is the world's largest competition for the writing of tragedy (visit risktheatre.com for details). He is an award-winning classicist with a master's degree fro...
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Title:The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:378 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:378 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 1 in
Published:January 28, 2019
Publisher:FriesenPress
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781525537554

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