Performing Lydia(s) is a mystory developed at Bowling Green State University and performed at the Patti Pace Performance Festival in 2010. This mystory uses Diana Taylor's response to Joseph Roach's theory of performance genealogy to examine pieces of my family archive—epistles in the form of scripture, blogs, emails, family letters, and memoirs—for how they have imprinted themselves on later generations' perception of gender identity. The vehicle for this exploration is my performance of the New Testament figure of Lydia in an original liturgical drama juxtaposed with the performance of my great aunt Lydia's memoirs.
Kari-Anne Innes is Director and Lecturer of Arts and Entertainment Administration in the Graduate School at Valparaiso University. I would like to acknowledge all those who helped me develop this piece: the editors of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, its first director, Benjamin Powell, and its inspiration, my great aunt Lydia Kinzie. Dedicated in memory of John Steven Paul. Correspondence to: Kari-Anne Innes, Arts and Entertainment Administration, Valparaiso University, Center for the Arts, B408 Valparaiso Indiana, IN 46383, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Kari-Anne Innes; Performing Lydia(s). Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2016; 5 (2): 47–75. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.2.47
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