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Hardcover Book Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9781525537554
  • 378 pages
  • $23.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2019
  • 9781525537561
  • 378 pages
  • $14.99
Edwin Wong
Author
The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected
Edwin Wong, author
The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy presents a profoundly original theory of drama that speaks to modern audiences living in an increasingly volatile world driven by artificial intelligence, gene editing, globalization, and mutual assured destruction ideologies. Tragedy, according to risk theatre, puts us face to face with the unexpected implications of our actions by simulating the profound impact of highly improbable events. In this book, classicist Edwin Wong shows how tragedy imitates reality: heroes, by taking inordinate risks, trigger devastating low-probability, high-consequence outcomes. Such a theatre forces audiences to ask themselves a most timely question---what happens when the perfect bet goes wrong? Not only does Wong reinterpret classic tragedies from Aeschylus to O’Neill through the risk theatre lens, he also invites dramatists to create tomorrow’s theatre. As the world becomes increasingly unpredictable, the most compelling dramas will be high-stakes tragedies that dramatize the unintended consequences of today's risk takers who are taking us past the point of no return.
Reviews
Broadway World

Wong's passion for his subject matter abounds: he's incredibly knowledgeable and widely read . . . Through the art of reinterpretation, Wong manages to present a bold, inventive new model of theatre through the lens of risk.

Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Fascinating side topics, including the invention of the concept of money and how it led to tragedies being boiled down to the price of life itself, are covered . . . Making the case for risk theory as a new definition for tragic theater, The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy is a piquant, far-reaching study of tragedy as an art form.”

Goodreads

If you love literature--theater, film, novels, history, biography, opera, whatever--you need to read this extraordinary work . . . Read it--twice. You will never read another work of literature the same way. Charlie Euchner, Columbia University

Goodreads

The idea of 'tragedy' was wrapped in the mystique of motivations and nobility and flaws that put it out of reach for me as a playwright. This book strips away the mystique and makes the form available to me. Donald Connolly, playwright and two-time Academy Award nominee

Kirkus Reviews

“The author’s passion for his subject comes across in nearly every statement . . . An ambitious, thought-provoking critique of tragedy in the 21st century."

News
05/31/2019
Winner in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

It is our great pleasure to inform you that you are a Winner in the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards. Your book, The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy: Gambling, Drama, and the Unexpected, truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.

08/04/2019
Winner in the 2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association CIPA EVVY Book Aw

The CIPA EVVYs is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, running for nearly 26 years. The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF).

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 01/2019
  • 9781525537554
  • 378 pages
  • $23.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 02/2019
  • 9781525537561
  • 378 pages
  • $14.99

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