This essay examines a staged production of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland reimagined through the lens of childhood sexual assault. Primarily, it serves as a pedagogical case study of theoretical and practical approaches for conceptualizing, staging, and reflecting on performance as activism. Incorporating the director’s/author’s own voice, alongside that of the cast, it creates the possibility for understanding sexual assault and theatrical creation with greater nuance and urgency, while also illustrating the work of directing in the same light as critical performative pedagogy.
Staging Sexual Assault: Performing Childhood Trauma in Alice in Wonderland
Patrick Santoro is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Governors State University. Correspondence to: Patrick Santoro, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL, 60484, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Patrick Santoro; Staging Sexual Assault: Performing Childhood Trauma in Alice in Wonderland. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2021; 10 (3): 82–116. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.3.82
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