book offers worldview on drama
In The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater: A Global Perspective
all the world is indeed a stage.
The exhaustive introduction to drama, co-edited by theatre and dance
department chair and School of the Arts interim director Roberto
Pomo, has been greeted warmly by reviewers. Between its covers,
alongside core works from the Western canon, are historically neglected
plays from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
“It’s the first anthology that’s global in nature,”
says Pomo. “In our great nation we’re so tunneled in
vision – we label anything to do with Latin America or Asia
or Africa as being Third World. But Latin American theater, for
example, is very advanced.”
The 1,808-page tome holds both an expansive historical treatise,
detailing the origins of drama, and an anthology of 58 plays. Pomo
painstakingly sought out international playwrights with track records
of successful publication and consistent quality.
He says he hopes the books will throw open doors to a treasure trove
“An intelligent reader will peruse it and say, ‘I didn’t
know the theater of Latin America or Africa was so eclectic or so
well developed, with such history,’ and they’ll learn
to appreciate them,” he says. “And maybe some of these
plays will be staged.
“If a professor or a director says, ‘I’ve never
read this from Chile before, but I want to stage it,’ then
the journey has been worth it.”
Pomo is now at work on another anthology, this one of 20th Century