By David A. Schlossman

This scholarly paintings appears to be like on the factor of politics and function in the US this present day with specific consciousness paid to performances produced by way of activists, the NEA 4, and "Miss Saigon".

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For example, there is an international theatre world, wherein participants can stage a play in a foreign country without having to "reinvent the wheel," as evidenced by international theatre festivals, such as those in Avignon or Edinburgh. Such events, of course, require huge expenditures of resources and detailed negotiations among participants, but these negotiations (usually) do not pertain to defining what activity shall take place but instead constitute a deployment of already accepted conventions.

I suggest that contemporary critical and sociological theories offer the foundation for a model that allows one to explore the intersection of politics and performance as an exchange among those dedicated primarily to political work, those who see performance as their primary occupation, and those who negotiate roles in both occupations. One cannot neglect entirely issues of political and aesthetic evaluation: it is important, for instance, to ask whether a particular overtly political performance succeeds in the social role in which it has been cast.

Civil society consists of affiliations that people enter without apparent coercion, but which nevertheless influence 42 Actors and Activists their lives.

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