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Publications for 2015

Posted By Megan Sanborn Jones, Thursday, July 30, 2015


Henry Bial, Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015



Ecumenica’s special issue on “Critical Terms in Religion, Spirituality, and Performance” (Summer 2015).  Contributors include R&T members: Jill Stevenson, Edmund B. Lingan, Claire Marie Chambers, John Fletcher, Lance Gharavi, and more.  

Kevin Bond, “Wild actors and wrathful deities: Buddhist faith, entertainment, and the kabuki theatre of early modern Japan” in Studies in Religion-Sciences Religieuses (2015).

Debra Caplan, “’Attention Must Be Paid’: Death of a Salesman’s Counter-Adapted Yiddish Homecoming” in Modern Drama, Vol. 58 no. 2 (Summer 2015).

Megan Sanborn Jones, “Mormons Think They Can Dance,” in Play, Performance, and Identity: How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces, eds. Matt Omasta and Drew Chappell, New York: Routledge, 2015.

Jean I. Marsden, “Richard Cumberland’s The Jew and the Benevolence of the Audience: Performance and Religious Tolerance” in Eighteenth-Century Studies Vol. 48 no. 4 (Summer 2015).

Jill Stevenson, “Poised at the Threatening Edge” in Theatre Journal (2015).

Matthew Yde, “Messianism and the Third Kingdom: Intimations of the Twentieth Century in Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People” in Modern Drama vol. 58 no. 2 (Summer 2015).

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Publications for 2014

Posted By Megan Sanborn Jones, Thursday, July 30, 2015


David Scott Kastan, A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Edmund B. Lingan, The Theatre of the Occult Revival: Alternative Spiritual Performance from 1875 to the Present, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.



Geremy Carnes, “Catholic Conversion and Incest in Dryden’s Don Sebastian” in Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700 vol. 38, no. 2 (Fall 2014).

Joshua Daniel, “The Human Body and the Humility of Christian Ethics: An Encounter with Avant-Garde Theatre” in Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics vol. 34, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2014).

Benjamin Hilb, “Afro-Haitian-American Ritual Power: Vodou in the Welles-FTP Voodoo Macbeth” in Shakespeare Bulletin vol. 32, no. 4 (Winter 2014).

Yael Shapira, “’Whatever Bigots Say’: Isaac Harby’s The Gordian Knot and the Anti-Catholic Gothic” in Studies in American Jewish Literature vol. 33, no. 1 (2014).

Horacio Sierra, “Bearing Witness and Taking Action: Audiences and Morality in Renaissance Tragedy and Activist Street Theater” in Comparative Drama vol. 48, No 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2014).

Paul Thifault, “Race, Religion, and Nationalism in the Early Pocahontas Plays” in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance vol. 60, no. 1 (2014).

Hank Willenbrick, "The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative" in Theatre Journal (2014).

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Publications for 2013

Posted By Megan Sanborn Jones, Thursday, July 30, 2015


Joshua Edelman, Claire Chambers, and Simon du Toit, eds., Performing Religion in Public: Acts of Faith in the Public Sphere, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

John Fletcher, Preaching to Convert:  Evangelical Outreach and Performance Activism in a Secular Age, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.

Craig R. Prentiss, Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II, New York: New York University Press, 2013.

Jill Stevenson, Sensational Devotion: Evangelical Performance In Twenty-First-Century America, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.



Cohen Ambrose, “Transferring Belief: The Stage Presence of the Spiritual Meme” in Theatre Symposium vol. 21 (2013).

David Callaghan, “Ritual Performance and Spirituality in the Work of The Living Theatre, Past and Present” in Theatre Symposium vol. 21 (2013).

Robert Cherry, “Jewish Displacement of Irish Americans in Vaudeville: The Role of Religious and Cultural Values” in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture vol. 25, no. 3 (Fall 2013).

Seokhun Choi, “Performing the Passion of Christ in Postmodernity: Re-Membering the Passion in the Pluralistic Age in Our Lady of 121st Street” in Ecumenica Journal (Fall 2013).

Alicia Corts, “Religious Practice in Virtual Worlds” in Ecumenica (Spring 2013).

Charles A. Gillespie, Justin Kosec, Kate Stratton, “Treasure in Clay Jars: Christian Liturgical Drama in Theory and Praxis” in Theatre Symposium vol. 21 (2013).

John Gillies, “The Question of Original Sin in Hamlet” in Shakespeare Quarterly vol. 64, no. 4 (Winter 2013).

Rand Harmon, “Hamlet on Alcatraz, a Journey into the Power of Sacred Space” in Ecumenica (Fall 2013).

Jacob Hellman, “Theatre Without Borders” in Ecumenica (Spring 2013).

David Henry Hwang, “The Joy of Doubt” in Ecumenica (Spring 2013).

Emily Irwin, “Strindberg Meets Jewish Theology: A New Perspective” in Scandinavian Studies vol. 85, no. 4 (Winter 2013).

Megan Sanborn Jones,  “Imaging a Global Religion, American-Style:  Mormon Pageantry as a Ritual of Community Formation,” in By Our Rites of Worship: Ritual in Latter-day Saint Scripture, History, and Practice, ed. Daniel L. Belnap, Salt Lake City: Deseret Books, 2013.

Thomas King, “Between Piety and Sacrilege: Muslim Theatre and Performance” in Theatre Symposium vol. 21 (2013).

Gary Matthews, “Zeami’s Confucian Theatre” in Asian Theatre Journal vol. 30 no. 1 (Spring 2013).

Max Perry Mueller, “Playing Jane: Re-presenting Black Mormon Memory through Reenacting the Black Mormon Past” in Journal of Africana Religions vol. 1, no. 4 (2013).

Marc Napolitano, “’Can a fellow be a villain all his life?’: Fagin, Jewishness, and Musical Performance” in Ecumenica (Spring 2013).

Benjamin Phelan, “Review of The Object, directed by Dub Cornett and Jacob Young,” BYU Studies 53, no. 1 (2014).

Pavithra Prasad, “PsyBabas: Ritual Exoticism and Spiritual Labor in Subcultural Tourism” in Ecumenica (Spring 2013).

Peter Ramey, “The Audience-Interactive Games of the Middle English Religious Drama” in Comparative Drama vol. 47, no. 1 (Spring 2013).

David Tollerton, “Holocaust Representation and Judicial Proceedings Agaist God on the Stage and Screen” in Modernism/Modernity vol. 20, no. 1 (January 2013).

Vessela Warner, “The Intercultural Dramaturg-Director: Folkloric and Religious Intersections in Sophocles’ Antigones” in Ecumenica (Fall 2013).

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Publications for 2012

Posted By Megan Sanborn Jones, Thursday, July 30, 2015


 John H. Baker, “’To Inflict Impossible Pain’: the Binding of Isaac, Divinity, and Kierkegaard in Howard Barker’s Rome” in Ecumenica (Spring 2012).

Claire Maria Chambers, “’Holier than Thou:’ Religion as Teaching Tool in the Rhetoric of Secularism, and the Case of Osama bin Laden’s Burial at Sea” in Ecumenica (Fall 2012).

Peter Civetta, “The Problem of Religion and Theatre (It’s Not What You Think)” editorial in Ecumenica (Fall 2012).

William Conte, “Trans(Per)forming Abjection: St. Simeon Stylites” in Ecumenica (Spring 2012).

Allan Davis, “Review of 17 Miracles by T. C. Christensen,” BYU Studies 54, no. 4 (2012).

Robert Hubbard, “Religion and Performance on the Fringe” in Ecumenica (Spring 2012).

Megan Sanborn Jones, “Mormons and Melodrama” in  Mormons and American Popular Culture,  Ed. Michael Hunter, New York: ABC-CLIO Praeger, 2012.

Yair Lipshitz, “The Jacob Cycle in Angels in America: Re-Performing Scripture Queerly” in Prooftexts vol. 32, no. 2 (Spring 2012).

Guillermo Márquez-Sterling, “Performance and Preaching Justice” in Ecumenica (Fall 2012).

S. I. Salamensky, “Oscar Wilde’s ‘Jewish Problem’: Salomé, the Ancient Hebrew and the Modern Jewess” in Modern Drama vol. 55, no. 2 (Summer 2012).

Tamara Smith, “Fully Jewish and Fully American: Mordecai Manuel Noah and Edmund Kean’s Sympathetic Shylock” in Ecumenica (Fall 2012).

Kyle A. Thomas, “Excerpt from Spark” in Ecumenica (Fall 2012).

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. “Fifty Years of Der Stellvertreter: Ein Christliches Traverspiel” in Ecumenica (Fall 2012).

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Publications for 2011

Posted By Megan Sanborn Jones, Thursday, July 30, 2015


Lance Gharavi ed., Religion, Theatre, and Performance: Acts of Faith, New York: Routledge (Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies), 2011. 



Henry Bial, “Jew Media: Performance and Technology in the 58th Century,” TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies vol. 55, no. 3 (Fall 2011).

Daniela Cavallaro, “Salesian Theatre for Young Women in Post-World War II Italy” in Ecumenica (Fall 2011).

Will Daddario, “A Public of One: Jesuit Discipline in the Theatre in the World” in Ecumenica (Spring 2011).

Joshua Edelman, “Performance and Religion Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research” in Ecumenica (Fall 2011).

Alexander C. Y. Huang, “The Theatricality of Religious Rhetoric: Gao Xingjian and the Meaning of Exile” in Theatre Journal vol. 63, no. 3 (October 2011).

Stefano Muneroni, “Teatro la Fragua and the Legacy of Jesuit Theatre” in Ecumenica (Fall 2011).

Jill Peterfeso, “From Testimony to Seximony, from Script to Scripture: Revealing Mormon Women’s Sexuality through the Mormon Vagina Monologues” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion vol. 27, no. 2 (Fall 2011).

Jill Peterfeso, “With an Altar for a Stage: Protest, Possibility, and Trans-Performance Within a Roman Catholic Womenpriests’ Ordination” in Ecumenica (Spring 2011).

Monica Stufft and Michael Frederick Ahmad, “Performances that Matter: Theory and Practice on a Catholic University Campus” in Ecumenica (Spring 2011).

Daniella Vinitski, “Memory” in Ecumenica (Fall 2011).

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., “The Church, The ‘Anti-Church,’ and Singing, Dancing Nuns” in Ecumenica (Spring 2011).

Andrew W. White, “What the Archbishop Saw: A Byzantine Christian Watches Catholic Sacred Plays” in Ecumenica (Spring 2011).

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Publications for 2010

Posted By Megan Sanborn Jones, Thursday, July 30, 2015


Robert Brophy, “Andromeda and the Beauty of the African Soul: Greek Tragedy and the Early Christian Fathers” in Ecumenica (Spring 2010).

David Chandler, “Bible Lite for Schools: How Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Redefines Classical Old Testament Theatre for Young Audiences” in Ecumenica (Fall 2010).

Donnalee Dox, “Ceremonial Embodiment: The Problem of ‘Liturgical Drama’” in Ecumenica (Fall 2010).

Miriam Kammer, “Romanization, Rebellion, and the Theatre of Ancient Palestine” in Ecumenica (Spring 2010).

Bethany Wood, “Incorporation of the Incar(nation): Dorothy L. Sayers’s The Man Born to be King” in Ecumenica (Fall 2010).

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