7–8pm / Oct 4 / Segal Theatre

Swimming Underwater and Holding Your Breath: Writers Share Their Work-in-Process

Isaac Butler

Shonni Enelow

David Levine

Tavia Nyong’o

Photos by Heather Weston, Katie Brook, Cate Schappert, courtesy of the artist

Swimming Underwater and Holding Your Breath:
Writers Share Their Work-in-Process

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dive in and explore new or in-process critical texts including selections from Isaac Butler’s upcoming book on a history of method acting, excerpts from David Levine and Shonni Enelow’s soon-to-published A Discourse on Method (53rd State Press), and a glimpse into Tavia Nyong’o’s latest project. The event will conclude with a moderated talkback with the writers who will discuss the role of the critic, the future of publishing, and more.

Isaac Butler is working on a history of the Method titled, creatively enough, The Method. His first book, The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America, is out now from Bloomsbury.

Shonni Enelow is the author of Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-drama, for which she won the 2015-2016 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. She is an associate professor of English at Fordham University, and writes about theatre and film for both academic and journalistic venues, including Modern Drama, Theater, Film Comment, and Reverse Shot.

David Levine is an artist living in New York. He’s the recipient of Guggenheim and OBIE awards, and is professor of the practice of performance at Harvard University. His scripts for exhibition have been commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum, Gallery TPW Toronto, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.

Tavia Nyong’o is professor of African-American studies, American studies, and theatre and performance Studies at Yale University. His research interests include the ethics & aesthetics of social & cultural analysis. His books include: The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (U Minnesota, 2009), which won the Errol Hill Award for best book in African American theatre and performance studies, and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (NYU Press, 2018).

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