Can a theatre play provide actors and audiences with a feeling of being at home? This article is an autoethnographic work that addresses how the author finds, in his work directing the research-based theatre play Heavier than Air devised by Anne Harris and Stacy Holman Jones, a self-identification with its queer characters. Describing it as a play that explicitly and implicitly welcomes people to be queer and to tell their stories, the author analyzes how the play also symbolizes the free movement of people and the quest for home.
I'm So Glad I Came, but I Can't Wait to Leave: An Autoethnography of Identity, Gayness, and Migration through Theatre and Performance
Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry and a Mental Health Mentor at the Student Disability Service, University of Edinburgh. The author thanks Anne Harris and Stacy Holman Jones for their trust in him to direct Heavier than Air; the cast who participated in the Edinburgh staging in 2017; the actors who shared their experiences; Elsa van der Wal, Joanna Tam, Erifili Efthymiadou, and Shaun Fisher for their acting in the scene “Really, Really Short Hair”; and Alex Cilibianu for his video editing skills. Correspondence to: Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans, Room 2.09, 24 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 8LN, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Edgar Rodríguez-Dorans; I'm So Glad I Came, but I Can't Wait to Leave: An Autoethnography of Identity, Gayness, and Migration through Theatre and Performance. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 123–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.123
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