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Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror
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Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror
Political Satire in a Permitted Space



May 1999 | 212 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror provides an account of the extraordinary creativity and vitality of Sinhala theatre during the troubled eighties and the government's tolerance of its critical nature.
 
Introduction
Buddhism, Literacy and Political Satire  
 
PART ONE: THE VIOLENT DECADE: THEATER IN THE 1980S
 
The Political Context
 
The Theater Scene
 
Street Theater
 
Synopses of a Few Recent Plays
 
The Theater and the 'Open Economy'
 
Interviews with Young Theater Artists
 
PART TWO: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A THEATER TRADITION
 
Theravada Buddhism and Dramatic Performance
 
The Satiric Tradition in Folk Ritual
 
Folk Drama
The Continuity of the Satiric Tradition  
 
Sinhala Drama in Colonial Times
 
Modern Drama in the Mid-Twentieth Century
 
The State and the Drama Festivals
 
Audiences and Their Theaters
 
Conclusion

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ISBN: 9780761993018
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