Performing 'The Tragedy of Mariam' and Constructing Stage History

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Since the rediscovery of Elizabeth Cary’s drama, The Tragedy of Mariam, the play and its author have generated a veritable critical industry. Yet little has been written about performance, a lacuna explained by a reluctance to think about Mariam as a theatrical creation. This article challenges the current consensus by arguing for the play’s theatrical imprint and by analysing two 2013 performances – a site-specific production at Cary’s birthplace, and a production by the Lazarus Theatre Company. Throughout, Mariam is engaged with in terms of casting, costume, lighting, set and movement, issues that have mostly been bypassed in Cary studies. This article is 7084 words.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-166
Number of pages18
JournalEarly Theatre
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015

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